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Monday-Tuesday: westerlies today, easterlies tomorrow, rain in the longer range forecast

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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 chilly morning for bun warming
Steven’s Locks 15-18 G22-26 G22-26 G15-28
Viento G19-23 G19-23 G22-26 G22-26
Swell-Hood River G19-23 G19-23 G22-26 G22-26
Lyle to Doug’s G19-23 G19-23 G22-26 G22-26
Rufus, etc. G19-23 G19-23 G22-26 G22-26
Roosevelt & Arlington 11-14 11-14 15-18 15-18

Gorge Wind Forecast

Yesterday’s wind decided to hold off until later than expected. That won’t be the case today – it’s still dark out as I write this, and it’s already windy. That doesn’t mean we’ll have high quality wind, but we will have something. Easterlies are forecast on Tuesday followed by light westerlies on Wednesday.

Looking at Monday… high pressure is building over the area with a low out in the desert. Gradients of .09 (pdx-dls) and .05 (dls-psc) started the day. Westerlies were generally in the 20-23mph range with 10ish in the far eastern desert and near Rowena. We’ll see the wind fill in to gusty 21-26 from Stevenson to Rufus today, strongest near Rowena and Avery most likely. Arlington rises to 15-18. River flow is 71,000cfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 59F.

A very strong offshore low on Tuesday sets up easterlies. The day starts with 10-15 at Stevenson and 25-20 at Rooster. This isn’t a typical easterly setup, and the wind will bounce around a bit. Models suggest Stevenson will climb to 20-25 midday while Rooster fades. The speeds switch in the afternoon with Rooster at 20-25, Stevenson and Viento at 15-20, and areas east of Viento climbing to 10-15. High temp: 65F.

Wednesday starts light and variable. The western Gorge rises to 8-11mph and stays there. Areas east of The Dalles are expecting 14-17mph from mid-morning on. High temp: 60F. Thursday brings another round of widespread moderate easterlies as another deep low swings northward through the Pacific.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

The first half of this week starts mellow on Mt. Hood. Models suggest snowfall will start in the middle of the week and accumulate, mostly at higher elevations, on through the weekend. Details aren’t yet clear, but we’re moving closer to winter.

Monday will be partly cloudy to start on the mountain and sunny later. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 6500′ early and will rise to 10,000′ by midnight. No precip. Wind: NW 10-15 in the morning, W 10 in the afternoon, and SSE 15 overnight.

Tuesday will be clear during the day. Rain starts after midnight and transitions to mixed precip or wet snow by Wednesday morning. The snow level will be 10,000′ in the morning, 9000′ when the precip hits, and 5500′ by 5am on Wednesday. About 0.2” water equivalent (WE) is expected overnight. That’s mostly rain with a trace of wet snow. Wind: SSE 15 early, SSE 25-30 in the afternoon, S in the evening, and SSW 20-40 overnight. Wednesday will be cloudy to start with wet snow falling from the sky. The snow level will be 5500′ in the morning, 4500′ midday, and back to 5500′ overnight. Just a trace of snow is predicted. Wind: SW 25-40 in the morning fading to SW 10-20 in the afternoon. Thursday looks dry during the day. We then transition into a wetter period. The weather looks a bit warm for snow initially, but temps are forecast to drop. We’ll keep watching it!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Done until spring, unless there’s an obvious Coast or Sauvie’s or Jones day.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear later. Temps will be near 50 early and near 60 later. Moderately strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday will be sunny all day. Clouds move in after sunset, and rain falls after midnight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 60’s later. Light wind early. Light to moderate easterlies in the afternoon. No rainbows. Wednesday starts showery and quickly turns dry. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and near 60 later. Light westerlies. 94% chance of rainbows.

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Cycling

SDS, Kreps, and DNR lands have all reopened. Regulated use closure has ended and motorized use is allowed on moto trails. Be aware of recent snowfall about 4500′ or so and plan your rides accordingly.  

Local Events

The Columbia Gorge Marathon is October 24th. The HRATS have trail work parties on October 23rd. On October 30th, the Hood River Watershed Group has a work party on Whiskey Creek.  

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Sunday: a couple days of westerlies…

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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 chilly morning for bun warming
Steven’s Locks LTW 5-10 11-14 G19-23
Viento LTW 5-10 11-14 G19-23
Swell-Hood River LTW 5-10 11-14 G19-23
Lyle to Doug’s LTW 5-10 11-14 G19-23
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTW LTW
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTW LTW

Gorge Wind Forecast

A couple days of westerlies are lined up. Easterlies follow on Tuesday. After that, we move into a very active weather pattern; a series of deep offshore low pressure systems will encourage a period of light and variable wind.

Looking at Sunday, we have a cold front hanging out offshore and a weak surface low moving into BC. Offshore high pressure builds behind that low this afternoon and nudges the wind upward. Expect westerlies at 5mph in the western Gorge this morning with light/variable wind out east. By early afternoon, we’ll have W 10-13 from Stevenson to The Dalles. If the timing is as the models suggest, the wind will build to gusty 20-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles after 2pm. The eastern Gorge stays light/variable all day. River flow is 33,900cfs, river temp is 59F, and high temp forecast is 62F.

Thanks to a low hanging out in the Columbia Basin, Monday also looks windy. Southerly flow and troughing offshore removes the synoptic-scale support. It’s possible the wind could underperform. Either way, expect it to be gusty. Dawn Patrol westerlies start with gusty 22-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 14-17 from Avery to Arlington. Afternoon wind rises to gusty 23-27 from Stevenson to Arlington. Morning temp: 42. Afternoon: 56.

A deep offshore low, 986mb, sets up easterlies on Tuesday. You’ll find 20-25 from Rooster to Viento by mid-morning. In the afternoon, the western Gorge holds and the east fills in: you’ll find E 10-15 from Swell to Arlington. Morning low: 37. High temp: 60. After Tuesday, all bets are off. A series of lows and fronts dominate the weather for a warmer-than-winter but winter-like overall setup. Enjoy the wind the next few days!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Done until spring, unless there’s an obvious Coast or Sauvie’s or Jones day.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

Mt. Hood snow forecast returns sometime around the beginning of November.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

High overcast sky stays that way today. Slight chance of sprinkles or drizzle tonight. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Monday will be mostly cloudy . Temps will be in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday starts clear with a chance of a light frost. Clouds move in later, and rain falls after midnight. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and near 60 later. Moderate easterlies. No rainbows.

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Cycling

This weekend is the Enduro in Post Canyon. Consider riding somewhere else. SDS, Kreps, and DNR lands have all reopened. Regulated use closure has ended and motorized use is allowed on moto trails. Be aware of recent snowfall about 4500′ or so and plan your rides accordingly.  

Local Events

Harvest fest is Friday through Sunday at the Hood River Event Site. The Enduro is happening in Post Canyon this weekend. Expect heavy rider traffic and lots of closures. Ride elsewhere. The Columbia Gorge Marathon is October 24th. The HRATS have trail work parties on October 23rd. As of this morning, the only one listed on their link is a work party on Bad Motor Scooter in Post. TKO has a trail work party at Wyeth on the 16th.  

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