Wednesday. 7/10. Gorge wind. Events. Lakes. Big air.

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 July 10, 2013

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Good morning,

You know you like photos of yourself windsurfing or kiting. Or skiing. Or snowboarding. If you ride Meadows, you know Grant Myrdal. You’ve seen the blue flags on the good days. Well, those blue flags are in the Gorge now, and Grant and his team are out shooting photos of YOU ripping it up. This is more PSA than advertising, cuz we all love photos. Grant’s out there like Waldo. Find him. And don’t forget to smile. Smiles make photos prettier. We’re giving away two photos (of you, duh) on the email list. Yeah, Grant! =) .

Temira’s random morning thoughts

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the respite from the wind yesterday. I did. My hair looked much prettier, and my dashboard didn’t get covered in dust and pollen when I left my windows open to dry out the 2 gallons of water I spilled in the car while I was out riding Boulder Lake. Well, I wasn’t there to spill the water – it spilled itself. Either way, there was a lake in my passenger footwell when I returned.

Wind forecast

It will be windy today. Heck, it’s already windy. Your 7am gradients were .12/.05. With numbers like that, we’ll see a quick build to 23-26 near Hood River with teens in the desert. Models really think we’ll see 25-29+ at Hood River and Doug’s early this afternoon, but I’m skeptical; no clouds in Portland and a forecast high of 80ish suggests a midday lull to me, and an approaching weather system implies an afternoon decline in both wind speed and quality.

Whatevs. That’s getting pretty wonky. The most-sure-thing will be this morning. In mid-afternoon, as a weather system approaches, the wind will probably back off and get gusty near Hood River/Mosier/Lyle, and pick up to 25-29 at Stevenson, Rufus (expect it to be gusty) and Arlington. Don’t count on The Wall having a good wind direction today. Tomorrow is a better bet there.

Today is the Hood River Huckfest at Rufus. Cracks me up every time I write that. Head on out there to watch big, huge air. Skippers’ meeting is at 10am, so the event is sometime after that. Grant Myrdal will be out there shooting photos of everyone, so go big and smile!

A strong marine push tonight combines with an upper low moving through BC tomorrow for a big, big day in the Gorge (and saying that should guarantee it doesn’t happen). Expect strong wind right off the bat from Hood River to Doug’s (or maybe scratch Hood River if the clouds push too far), filling in all the way to Arlington in the afternoon. Periods of 30+ seem likely at the Hatch (clouds permitting), Mosier, Doug’s and Rufus/Maryhill.

Friday starts off lighter, maybe 10-15, picking up to 15-18ish in the afternoon. The long-range models have been all over the place for Saturday, but as of today, it looks like Kiteboarding for Cancer, at the Hood River Event Site, will see 15-18 Saturday morning and 22-25 Saturday afternoon. Tonia, remember, that’s a long-range forecast, and is subject to change. Sunday looks light for the never-ever-windsurfed race at KB4C.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 10-15 15-18 18-23 24-28
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 19-23 23-26 23-26 gusty
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 10-15 23-26 gusty
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 10-15 21-24 gusty
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 15-18 24-28

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Bike News

Mark your calendar for Sunday. It’s not going to be windy, so you bikers, hikers, and equestrian wind Johnnies have no reason not to join Mr. Ranger Jimmy T to help build the SuperConnector trail that will link Knebal Springs to Surveyor’s Ridge. Why would you want this? Because you really, really, really want to ride 30ish miles of singletrack, uninterrupted by roads, all the way from High Prairie to the Sawtooth pub, where you’ll say hello to my good friend Derrik in the kitchen and my friend Scotty at the bar. Sorry… off topic. Meet at Little John at 9am to help with the work party. Hard hats (aka your bike helmet) and boots are required.

Tonight is the Post n’ Pinot women’s ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Tomorrow is the manly Post n’ Pint at 5:30. Same place. Tonight is also Families at Family Man – that’s kid-friendly riding. Meet at the bottom of Post Canyon Road or at Family Man at 5:30.

In trail news: Gunsight and Gumjuwac are now both clear of fallen trees (thank you CJ and gang). Boulder Lake has a tree down on the downhill, two by the lake, and five on the climb. I rode them yesterday. Aren’t I a nice forecaster person to go check those rides out for you? 😉 I’ll post the gpx file today at my website if I have time.

Very Important News

If you want tickets to the movie “Children of the Wind”, the story of the Franz brothers and friends from Bonaire. you’d better get them NOW. You folks “kicked” the campaign yesterday, and there were just 33 seats left when I looked last night. I can’t go, so you should go for me. Head to to buy tickets.

Today is the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium. You can visit their Facebook page for more information, but there will be stuff going on for most of the day at various locations in Husum. I think it’s probably too late to sign up for the $20 raft trip.

Tomorrow night from 6-11pm, it’s Pints for the Park at Double Mountain. It’s a kid-friendly (how super-strong beer is kid-friendly, I’m not sure, but anyway…) fundraiser for Hood River’s Waterfront Park. Stop by Double between 6pm and 11pm, and $1 of each beer you buy will go to the park.

Have an awesome day today!