Tuesday. 8/13. Gorge wind, events, and important meetings.

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 August 13, 2013

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Wind forecast guess paragraphs

More sunshine and lighter wind are on the schedule for the Gorge today. Expect fading west wind as the day goes on – as of 5:30am, it was 21 at the Hatchery. Most likely, that won’t increase, as we have only .08 gradient and zero clouds in Portland. Let’s call it up-and-down 18-22 today, likely fading to 15-18 after noon near Hood River, when the wind will pick up to 17-20 at Cascade Locks.

Tomorrow starts off light and glassy, perfect for fishing or SUP or rowing. As a new, fiesty upper level low and associated front approach the coast late morning, the wind will quickly pick up to 15-18, and then increase further to 22-25, strongest and steadiest at Stevenson, and likely windier in Hood River than at the Hatchery. It will even fill in all the way to Arlington late in the afternoon, but probably will only be 15-18 that far east.

Thursday looks like 10-15 early and 20-23 in the afternoon, but that, of course, is a long ways out to be forecasting when multiple low pressure systems are lined up in the Pacific.

Don’t forget that windsurf sail windows are on sail at Northwave for 15% off through this month. Just mention you read about it here! And don’t forget to check out your windsurfing and kiting and SUP and sailboat racing photos at Grant Myrdal’s website.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 5-10 13-15 17-20 17-20
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 17-21 18-22 15-18 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 5-10 10-13 13-16 13-16
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 10-13 10-13 10-13
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 10-13 5-10 5-10

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Non-sports, but still important, news

First, tonight is $12 prime rib night at Cebu from 5-9pm. Yeah, sure, you could pay $3 to be safe at the outdoor party at the Ruins at Springhouse, but you could also eat a huge and delicious piece of prime rib (and fries) for $12 at Cebu.

Second, there are two important meetings this week. Unfortunately, they are both happening on the same night: Thursday. From 5-7pm, Oregon State Parks has a meeting at the west end of the Twin Tunnels Trail to discuss plans for recreation in the Gorge.

At 6pm Thursday, Cover Oregon has a meeting at the Hood River Inn to educate you about your options once the health care exchange goes live. You can learn the truth, and nothing but the truth, about how the Affodable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) will affect you. To register (it’s a free meeting), go here. Why am I mentioning this in a recreation report? Because too many of you (including many of my friends) go without insurance because you can’t afford it. If you’re a single person making under 45k, the ACA will give you subsidies. Go to the talk and learn about it.

Sports news

In Cascade Locks today, the Tasar World Championships continue. On the opposite side of the river, starting tomorrow, it’s the Skamania County Fair, and on Saturday, it’s the Skamania County Fair 5k running/walking race.

On the water this weekend, it’s the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. We’ll have standup paddle racers from all over the world here for this race, so swing by. In addition to the racing, there are free standup paddle lessons, free standup paddle demos, and food and music.

Finally, mark your calendar for next Saturday, the 24th, when the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty takes over Home Valley Park with all things Sasquatch.

Have an awesome day today!