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Tuesday (maybe Wednesday): moderate westerlies today, lighter Wednesday, stronger Thursday. Wetter for the weekend.

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The Forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock tan buns early today!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-14 17-20 14-17
Swell-Hood River 5-10 16-19 21-25 16-19
Lyle to Doug’s 5-10 5-10 16-19+ 21-25
Rufus, etc. 5-10 5-10 16-19+ 21-25
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 5-10 10-13 14-17

Gorge Wind Forecast

Not much wind was happening on the Columbia at the start of Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the day will stay like this. You’ll be on the river later! Wednesday’s looking just a bit too light except for those of you with the biggest foils. Thursday, however, shows some promise. Friday: maybe. Saturday: probably not. Sunday: fingers crossed it plays out as currently planned.

Diving deeper into Tuesday, we see evidence of a weak weather system in the form of high clouds above. That’s not ideal, but today’s frontal system drives the westerlies. Early wind will be less than 10mph (gradients are .05 and .02 at 5am). By late morning, westerlies build to 16-19mph from Stevenson to Mosier but stay light to the east. Give it a couple more hours, and you’ll find gusty 21-25 from Viento to Avery (probably 16-19 at Swell) with 14-17 at Rufus and Stevenson. East of Rufus: 10-13 at best. River flow is 225kcfs, river temp is 53F, and high temp forecast is 68F under increasingly cloudy sky.

High pressure builds inland and knocks the wind down on Wednesday. I may take Wednesday off forecasting this week so I can ride my bike to work. We shall see. Anyway, the day starts with light westerlies west of The Dalles with a shot at 10-13 east of The Dalles in the morning. That’s the story for most of the day. In the late afternoon, a thermal gradient drives westerlies at 11-14 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 7-10 east of The Dalles. High temp: 77F with clouds in the morning and sun later.

All sorts of differences exist in the model predictions for Thursday. There’s a low coming, and also a cold front, but the strength and timing of these are far from certain. So, let’s generalize. Thursday will probably start calm. If the timing is early enough, afternoon westerlies will rise to 27-31 east of the Cascade crest, in other words, probably east of The Dalles. High temps remain at 70F or above. The Gorge then settles into a low-pressure-overhead regime for a couple of days with lighter wind. Models hint at a more ideal setup on Sunday, but that’s a long way out. Fingers crossed!  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Tuesday: LTS/LTV/N25-30, W swell 3′ at 9 seconds. Wednesday: NW 10-15/N15-20+/30-35, W 4′ @ 8. Thursday: SW 10-15/WSW 10/LTN, W 4′ @ 8. Jones Tuesday: calm. Wednesday: 5-10. Thursday: 12-15. Sauvie’s Tuesday: calm. Wednesday: calm. Thursday: W 10.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until the beginning of snow sports season.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partially high overcast sky this morning turns increasingly cloudy. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday looks mostly cloudy early then clear. Temps will be near 50 early and in the upper 70’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Strong westerlies. 19% chance of rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

CGW2 has a swap meet on Sunday, 5/29 at Lot 1 near the Hood River Event Site. $10 for sellers. They can arrive as early as 7am. Buyers come at 8am. CGW2 needs volunteers to help set things up.

Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle on Sunday at 11am at the Event Site. The Dirty Fingers Sunday Service rides happens at 9am – this week is the last one. They are fast-paced. If you are not, bring a buddy. The ride is followed by bike race viewing and beer drinking at the shop. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30 when Post is not too wet to ride.  

Cycling

There was an event on 5/22 on Dog River trail, which suggests it may be open. That’s not confirmed. A good portion of the Eldorado Trail (below the intersection with Riorden Hills Road (near the top, below the clearcut) is closed starting today for at least the next few days. Do not enter that area for your safety. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. Starting now, you will need a parking pass to park at Post Canyon. This money will support trails. Hospital Hill: cows are out – no dogs allowed. Underwood: do not enter areas that are closed due to logging operations.  

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Monday: strong wind today, less the next two days, cooler/wetter this weekend.

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The Forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock tan buns early today!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 13-17 22-25
Swell-Hood River 14-17 20-24+ 24-28 24-28
Lyle to Doug’s W5-10 15-20+ 24-28 26-30
Rufus, etc. W5-10 15-20+ 24-28 26-30
Roosevelt & Arlington W5-10 15-20 22-25 26-30

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today (it’s Victoria Day) looks like a fine day for westerlies. Much of Tuesday and Wednesday will be too light, but you might find enough for an evening session. Models hint at another round of frontally driven, gusty, stronger westerlies on Thursday. As of now, the weekend looks cooler and damper, but there’s no consensus yet on how cool, how damp, or how windy. That said, there is a swap meet happening Sunday at Lot 1 in Hood River. Make sure to activate or renew your CGW2 membership at that time and support river access!

Let’s start with Monday (Victoria Day!). A weak cold front is slipping across the area. That should reinforce clouds and bring cool air to the western half of the region. Out east: sunshine and warmer this afternoon. Gradients started at .06 (pdx-dls) and .01 (dls-psc) with building offshore high pressure. Westerlies were in the teens between Viento and Swell and up to 10mph elsewhere. By noon, or perhaps a bit earlier, the wind trends upward; you’ll find 24-28 from Viento (maybe Stevenson, maybe not) to The Dalles with 22-25 at Rufus and 12-15 at Arlington. Give it a couple hours for max desert heating, and the wind will be 26-30 from Stevenson to Rufus with 22-25 at Arlington. Expect it to drop off after 5pm. River flow is 177kcfs, river temp is 53F, and high temp forecast is 66F.

Tuesday sees a low pressure system off the western Canada coast and high pressure inland. Westerlies hold in the 7-10 range most of the day before picking up late afternoon ahead of a very weak system. You’ll find gusty 17-20 from Viento to Rufus (14-17 at Swell) with 10-13 at Stevenson and light westerlies east of Rufus. High temp: 69F. Sky: overcast.

Low pressure off the coast of Canada, Washington, and Oregon stymies the high pressure off the California coast. Result: not much wind. You’ll find westerlies at 10-13 east of The Dalles in the morning with less than 10mph to the west. That’s the story for most of the day. In the evening, westerlies pick up to 11-14 or so between Stevenson and Arlington. High temp: 75F. Models disagree on the timing and intensity of a weather system forecast for Thursday. It will probably be accompanied by some gusty and short-lived, but stronger, west wind. Weekend: cool and damp in the western Gorge with lack of clarity about the details of the temps and wetness and thus lack of clarity about wind.  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Monday: NW5/NW10-15/N30-35, W swell 4′ at 10 seconds. Tuesday: LTV/LTW/20-25+, W 3′ @ 9. Wednesday: LTN/LTW/NW 10-15, W 4′ @ 8. Jones Monday: LTW. Tuesday: LTV. Wednesday: 7-10. Sauvie’s Monday: 10-13. Tuesday: calm. Wednesday: LTN.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until the beginning of snow sports season.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning stays partly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday will be high overcast and then increasingly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 60’s later. Light westerlies become moderate in the evening. No rainbows. Wednesday will be cloudy then clear. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Light westerlies. 3% chance of rainbows.

Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

CGW2 has a swap meet on Sunday, 5/29 at Lot 1 near the Hood River Event Site. $10 for sellers. They can arrive as early as 7am. Buyers come at 8am. CGW2 needs volunteers to help set things up.

Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle on Sunday at 11am at the Event Site. The Dirty Fingers Sunday Service rides happens at 9am – this week is the last one. They are fast-paced. If you are not, bring a buddy. The ride is followed by bike race viewing and beer drinking at the shop. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30 when Post is not too wet to ride.  

Cycling

There was an event on 5/22 on Dog River trail, which suggests it may be open. That’s not confirmed. A good portion of the Eldorado Trail (below the intersection with Riorden Hills Road (near the top, below the clearcut) is closed starting today for at least the next few days. Do not enter that area for your safety. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. Starting now, you will need a parking pass to park at Post Canyon. This money will support trails. Hospital Hill: cows are out – no dogs allowed. Underwood: do not enter areas that are closed due to logging operations.  

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