Tuesday, 6/18. Gorge wind, Pistol River wind, and local fun events

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 June 18, 2013

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Good morning,

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First off today, the things that I forgot/missed yesterday. Number one, and most important of all, Solstice achieved the Kickstarter fundraising goal!!! This makes me happy. Very happy. I don’t know Suzanne and Aaron well, but this whole process has given me the warm and fuzzies. Good job, team Gorge. You can still get involved by pre-purchasing some pizza at Kickstarter. Want to help them celebrate? Be at Springhouse Cellars tonight for outdoor music at the Ruins, pizza by Solstice, and a celebration of the summer solstice, happening Friday.

Second, you know how I advertise for the fish guys at Windance? Well, the fish right now is delicious, and it’s dipnet caught on the Klickitat, so it’s not beat up from thrashing around in gillnets. And it’s sustainable. And… Doug, the bossman, is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. Buy fish from him. He’s there most days.

Wind forecast

Right. Wind. First, the Pistol River forecast for those folks headed down for the Wave Bash: south wind today and tomorrow. Building north wind on Thursday. More sustained north wind on Friday. May I suggest a mosey to California to see the redwood forests? Trust me. It’s well worth the drive. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Closer to home, an upper level low sitting off the coast will tamp down Gorge gradients today and set us up for another pretty sunset under convective clouds in the afternoon. Pretty sunsets do not bode well for Gorge wind: Expect 15-18 for much of the day, strongest near Hood River in the morning and Doug’s in the afternoon.

Tomorrow is a different story: cool, showery weather possible in the western Gorge as that pesky offshore low starts moving inland in the pm. If the thunderstorms don’t fire up, we’ll see 25-29 dawn patrol at Mosier and Doug’s, with a build to 30+ at Doug’s and Maryhill in the afternoon with 28-32 at Arlington. Most likely it will be up and down 10-20 under clouds from Stevenson to Hood River.

Thursday sees another low take up residence at Vancouver Island with high pressure off the California coast. This could shake out any number of ways, so let’s wait a bit and see. My instinct (always right, of course), says upper teens to low twenties.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson light 10-13 13-16 13-16
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 10-15 15-18 15-18 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 5-10 10-13 15-18 15-18
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 10-13 10-15 10-15
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13

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Cycling news

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the ladies’ Post n’ Pinot ride at Dirty Fingers. Ride bikes. Drink free Naked Winery wine. Thursday is the Post n’ Pint, and with the Short Track Series finished, I’ll be there. I’ll need you to join me so I have someone to ride with at the back of the pack while the crusher boys head to Crusherland.

Coming up this weekend, it’s the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, with the Crit race in downtown Hood River in the evening on Saturday. In Stevenson Friday and Saturday, it’s Gorge Blues and Brews, with beer and (my least favorite kind of, but maybe your favorite) music. Our local downhill bike racers head to Ashland this weekend for the third race in the Oregon Enduro Series.

Other stuff

Also on Saturday: The Sternwheeler Days 5k/10k race in Cascade Locks. CGRA’s (that’s sailboats) opening day in Cascade Locks. Whitewater Family Fun Day at Northwestern Park with kayak clinics and demos, free raft rides, and all sorts of other stuff. Call Wet Planet or the Kayak Shed for more information.

On Sunday, there’s a work party on the new trail linking Knebal Springs to Surveyor’s Ridge up on the 44 Road. Make plans to be there – the meeting point is 9am on Sunday at Little John. Can you tell I want to see this trail completed? I want to see all of you there! Bring tools like McLeods and Rogue Hoes.

Have an awesome day today!