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Monday: look! another windy day!

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Your favorite launch dawn
patrol
morning max afternoon max executive
session
Iwash (Rooster) Rock cloudy and cool buns of fools
Stevenson 7-10 13-16 21-24 G18-22*
Viento 17-20 21-24 21-24 G18-22*
Swell-Hood River 17-20 21-24 21-24 G18-22*
Lyle to Doug’s 13-16 16-20+ 24-27 26-29
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-20+ 24-27 26-29
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-20+ 24-27 26-29
River flow last 24 hours: 188-284kcfsRiver temp: 58.28F High temp: 67F

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! The windy streak continues… Strongest wind shifts to the eastern Gorge on Tuesday as rain moves into the region. We’ll continue with “enough” wind through at least Wednesday. Beyond Friday, there’s too much variation in the ensembles to make a call. On top of that, I’ll be leaving for retreat for five days Friday morning, and the housesitter is unable to provide you a forecast. So, let’s dive in! Wait, not yet. Today is the Gorge Wind Social at Ferment starting at 5:30pm. Wear industry gear for a free pint of beer or free kombucha. Raffle at 6:30pm.

Monday starts with pressures of 30.29/30.20/30.16 for gradients of 0.09 and 0.04. The metro area was socked in with marine clouds, and the desert and Hood River were sunny. With NW flow in place, the marine clouds will hold out for a while and allow the desert to get a jump on heating. Expect 13-16ish from Swell to Rufus early with 7-10 at cloudy Stevenson and 15-20 at always-windy Viento. By mid to late morning, the wind rises to 21-24 from Swell to Mosier with Stevenson not far behind. Areas to the east wait until the afternoon to build. When they do, we’ll have 25-28 from Mosier to Rufus mid-afternoon. Arlington and Threemile should join for the executive session. This leaves us with the Corridor to parse out for the afternoon. This really depends on what happens with the marine clouds. If they stick around in the metro area, the Stevenson-to-Hood River stretch will hold at 21-24 or a touch more. If those clouds burn off, you’ll see the wind drop to gusty 17-20. River flow over the last 24 hours was 188-286kcfs, river temp is 58.28F, and high temp forecast is 67F for Hood River.

A cold front on Tuesday brings rain to the Gorge, but this doesn’t stop the wind. You might catch a quick Viento-Hood River dawn patrol at 20-23 before the wind drops to 11-14. As the front approaches late morning, Swell-Doug’s rises to 20-23, and Avery-Threemile rises to gusty 25-28. While the wind will continue, models have rain falling everywhere except The Dalles (yes, east of The Dalles all the way to the Tri-Cities too!). It doesn’t look like an awesome setup. That said, the wind will pick up to gusty 25-30 from Lyle to Arlington. High temp: just 59F.

You’ll be better served on Wednesday. Rain stays west of Hood River. An upper level and surface low move into the Columbia Basin or thereabouts. Could be central Oregon, which would still give us wind. We’ll have 28-32+ pretty much all day from Lyle all the way to Arlington. Ensembles are VERY optimistic about the eastern Gorge for Wednesday. Do keep an eye on the current for the Rufus stretch. Threemile and Boardman join in late. For those of you wanting to skip the drive: late morning or early afternoon may give us gusty 22-25 from Stevenson to Hood River. Models drop the wind to the mid teens after 2pm or so west of Lyle.

Extended: lesser westerlies (mid teens) are forecast for Thursday. Not much is forecast for Friday. Beyond that, ensemble spread really increases. Many members call for a strong west wind day on Saturday, but it’s far from unanimous. Let’s leave it there for now. Have a fabulous day on the river!

 

 
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Jones, Sauvie Island, Oregon Coast

North/Central/South, waves (swell forecast provided by NWS). Wind forecast for the afternoon. Wind direction N unless otherwise noted. Monday: NW10-15/15-20/30-35, NW swell 5′ at 8 seconds. Tuesday: W15-20+/W15/N25-30, NW 4′ @ 7. Wednesday: W15/LTW/N25-30, NW 6′ @ 9. Jones Monday: 21-24. Tuesday: LTW. Wednesday: LTW. Sauvie Island Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: LTV> Wednesday: W 10-15.

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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

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Very basic Hood River weather forecast. Don’t plan your life around this. You really should read Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook

Clear sky sticks around Monday. Temps start near 50 and rise to the upper 60s. Moderately strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday starts cloudy and adds rain late morning. Temps start in the mid 40s and rise to the upper 50s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Wednesday will be Partly cloudy with a chance of rain early in the day. Temps start in the mid 40s and rise to the upper 50s. Moderate westerlies. 91% chance of rainbows.  

Local-ish Events

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

There’s a work party for the new hike/horse/run trail in Post. Meet 5/25 at 9am at Family Man Staging Area. There’s a plant sale and garden fair with music and vendors at Rockford Grange on 5/19 starting at 2pm. The Cascadia Dirt Cup is in Post Canyon June 1-2. There’s a weekly social for Wind Johnnies (The Gorge Wind Social) at Ferment Brewing every 3rd Monday this summer. The first is Monday, May 20th at 5:30pm.

The Columbia Gorge Junior Kayak Club offers free roll sessions (gear provided) for kids at the Hood River Pool every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 7pm. Visit their website for more deets: https://www.columbiagorgejuniorkayakclub.org/. Amayah’s offers a free meal every First Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. The Tri Club is done for the season. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing.  

Cycling

Cascadia Dirt Cup is May 18/19 in Post. Avoid. Post, Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, Syncline, Columbia Hills, and Nestor are open. Cows are out on Hospital Hill. NO DOGS. That means you, all of you, even your dog that’s [insert adjective]. No dogs. Do not risk access for everyone. No parking at the corral. Whoopdee flowers are in full bloom. Hospital Hill and Syncline have ticks, oaks, and flowers. Columbia Hills is full of flowers and open to your bike. Definitely got a Tack Alert going on out there right now – lots of good dirt. It’s trail-building season. Get on the HRATS mailing list if you’d like to help out.  

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Sunday: the westerlies continue…

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These are ranges for the average speed reading, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite launch dawn
patrol
morning max afternoon max executive
session
Iwash (Rooster) Rock cloudy and cool buns of fools
Stevenson 16-19 21-24 16-19 16-19
Viento 16-19 21-24 16-19 16-19
Swell-Hood River 16-19 21-24 16-19 16-19
Lyle to Doug’s 15-18 18-23 24-27 24-27
Rufus, etc. 17-20 20-23 24-27 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 13-16 20-23 20-23
River flow last 24 hours: 199-250kcfsRiver temp: 58.46F High temp: 63F

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! The wind over-performed at the Hatch yesterday despite some lingering low clouds. The swell is up, and so is the current. The elevator/escalator/moving walkway is zipping people along when they sit in the water. The current tends to peak in early June, so be prepared for lots of current for the next few weeks, at least. But you’re more interested in wind than current, aren’t you? I thought so! There’s plenty of wind in the forecast too!

For Sunday, much like yesterday, a weak trough will slide inland. This should keep the west side cool and allow desert heating to win the battle. That said, there are some differences from yesterday, and these will keep the wind less: first, there was a low in the desert enhancing gradients yesterday; second, cool air is farther inland today, and that’ll keep the thermal component down. All that said… Pressures started at 30.22/30.14/30.10 for gradients of 0.08 and 0.04. Wind was generally in the 16-19 range all the way from Stevenson to Rufus to start the day. The wind should hold in that range all morning everywhere and hold west of Mosier all day. Exception: we could see a few hours of 21-24 at the Hatch between 11am and 2pm ish. As we see a little heating out east, say, early afternoon, the Lyle to Rufus stretch picks up to 24-27. East of there to Arlington, expect 20-23. River flow over the last 24 hours was 199-250kcfs, river temp is 58.46F, and high temp forecast is 63F for Hood River and 65F for Arlington.

Monday morning brings a static setup – that should make for a steady start. A low approaching BC in the afternoon shifts the wind eastward and turns it gustier. Expect 18-21 dawn patrol from Viento to Swell or maybe Mosier with 11-14 at Stevenson and 11-14 east of Mosier to Arlington. The wind quickly builds to 22-25 from Stevenson to Mosier and adds Lyle, Rowena and Doug’s by early afternoon. This is when we’ll see the influence of that Canadian weather system – a brief spurt of 25-28 from Stevenson to Doug’s before the wind drops at Swell and focuses on the Lyle to Arlington zone at 25-28. High temp: 69F for Hood River and 73F for Arlington.

Extended: Models call for a rainy day on Tuesday with lesser wind for most of the day. That said, flow will still be onshore. It’s tricky to be precise or accurate from this far out given the pattern – ensembles are all over the place. We should see teens in the west and a short burst of mid 20’s out east as the system swings through. Ensembles have Wednesday pegged as the windiest day of the week. We’ll keep an eye on that as we get closer. Let’s leave it there for now. Have a great day on the river!

 

 
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Jones, Sauvie Island, Oregon Coast

North/Central/South, waves (swell forecast provided by NWS). Wind forecast for the afternoon. Wind direction N unless otherwise noted. Sunday: NNW15/N15-20/30-35, NW swell 5′ at 8 seconds. Monday: NW 10-15/N15-20/30-35, NW 6′ @ 8. Tuesday: W10-15/WSW10-15/N2025, NW 4′ @ 8. Jones Sunday: 14-17. Monday: 22-25. Tuesday: calm. Sauvie Island Sunday: NW 10. Monday: N 11-14. Tuesday: S 10 and rainy.

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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

I’m tired. It’s on vacation.  

Very basic Hood River weather forecast. Don’t plan your life around this. You really should read Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook

Partly cloudy sky sticks around all day. Temps start near 50 and rise to the low 60s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy. Temps start in the low 40s and rise to the upper 60s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday will be cloudy then rainy. Temps start in the mid 40s and rise to 60 or so. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows.  

Local-ish Events

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

Cascadia Cup mountain bike race in Post Canyon 5/18 and 5/19. There’s a work party for the new hike/horse/run trail in Post. Meet 5/25 at 9am at Family Man Staging Area. There’s a plant sale and garden fair with music and vendors at Rockford Grange on 5/19 starting at 2pm. The Cascadia Dirt Cup is in Post Canyon June 1-2. There’s a weekly social for Wind Johnnies (The Gorge Wind Social) at Ferment Brewing every 3rd Monday this summer. The first is Monday, May 20th at 5:30pm.

The Columbia Gorge Junior Kayak Club offers free roll sessions (gear provided) for kids at the Hood River Pool every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 7pm. Visit their website for more deets: https://www.columbiagorgejuniorkayakclub.org/. Amayah’s offers a free meal every First Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. The Tri Club is done for the season. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing.  

Cycling

Cascadia Dirt Cup is May 18/19 in Post. Avoid. Post, Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, Syncline, Columbia Hills, and Nestor are open. Cows are out on Hospital Hill. NO DOGS. That means you, all of you, even your dog that’s [insert adjective]. No dogs. Do not risk access for everyone. No parking at the corral. Whoopdee flowers are in full bloom. Hospital Hill and Syncline have ticks, oaks, and flowers. Columbia Hills is full of flowers and open to your bike. Definitely got a Tack Alert going on out there right now – lots of good dirt. It’s trail-building season. Get on the HRATS mailing list if you’d like to help out.  

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