Thursday. 8/8. Gorge wind and events.

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 August 8, 2013

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Random Thoughts you may or may not regret reading…

Yesterday’s forecast was for hot, muggy weather, so I went for a 7am bike ride. Before 7:45am, I saw five people I knew. This amused me. You people are all as crazy for cycling as I am. Or maybe you’re all just as crazy as I am. Also yesterday, I learned about something more awesome than $3 Ruins Tuesday: $12 prime rib. At the Ruins, you get only entrance (and safety) for your $3. At Cebu, you get delicious prime rib for your $12. $12 > $3, but prime rib > entrance.

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Wind forecast

That late burst of strong wind that both iWind and I were hoping for yesterday didn’t happen until the wee hours of last night, and it’s still happening as I write this forecast. With .14 gradient across the Cascades and plenty of marine clouds in Portland, we’re off to a very windy, unpredicted start to the day. Which means I screwed up my own schedule and am typing as fast as I can!

Call it 27-31 this morning at the Hatchery (cuz that’s what it’s doing), fading to 24-27 by midday from the Hatch to Mosier. Expect mid-twenties at Stevenson and Doug’s this afternoon with low twenties at Maryhill and maybe even Arlington late in the afternoon.

Things get tricky the next couple of days as atmospheric instability increases (that means thunderstorms are likely) and weak little weather systems swing through (increasing the instability, gradients, and likelihood of gusty, up-and-down wind). That said, Friday starts with 23-26ish through the whole Gorge, fading in the eastern Gorge but holding all day in the western Gorge.

If the timing is right, we may see strong westerlies on Saturday morning, fading to 24-27. Sunday also brings west wind that’s strong enough for wind sports.

So yeah. Sorry for the lack of details and specifics. It’ll be windy for the next three days. It’s just hard to predict exactly how much/when/where with the thunderstorm potential and a series of shortwaves moving through.

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Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 5-10 10-13 18-22 23-26
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 27-31 26-29 24-27 19-23
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 24-27 24-27
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 5-10 15-18 23-26
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 5-10 13-15 19-23

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Other News

Keep your camera handy around sunrise and sunset this weekend, because the atmospheric instability will make for pretty sunrises and sunsets.

If you want to ride bikes tonight, it’s the Post n’ Pint with the boys at Dirty Fingers – two hours of riding in Post Canyon followed by food and beer at the shop. If you ride, you get a free beer – it’s like getting paid to exercise, so give it a shot. For me, free beer is like torture. I do not like the stuff, so when I do this ride, it’s double torture.

Coming up this weekend, it’s the Double-Damned sailboat race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles. Once those big boats are out of Cascade Locks on Saturday, it’s time for day one of the Tasar World Championships. If you have any interest in sailboat racing, make sure to swing by Cascade Locks during the next week, because we have sailors from all over the world here for this one.

Have an awesome day today!