Friday: a loooooong stretch of west wind. good corn snow conditions for the slopes.

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These are ranges for the average speed reading, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite launch dawn
morning max afternoon max executive
Stevenson G17-20 G17-20 G17-20 G17-20
Viento 26-29 26-29 20-23 18-21
Swell-Hood River G17-20 G17-20 G17-20 G17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 27-31 27-31 30-33 30-33
Rufus, etc. 20-23 24-27 28-32 28-32
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-23 24-27 28-32 28-32
River flow last 24 hours: 197-308kcfsRiver temp: 58.10F High temp: 64F

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Another windy day is on tap. As a matter of fact, the westerlies don’t show any sign of stopping in the next 10 days or so. For the next three or four days, we’ll have weak weather systems moving through. While you won’t notice much impact in the sky cover, you will see impacts on the wind. Namely, Swell will be less-than-ideal, and conditions elsewhere (notably the Rufus stretch) could be extra up-and-down. Best spots in these setups tend to be Stevenson, Viento, Mosier, the Rowena stretch, Avery, and Arlington. That doesn’t mean you won’t find good wind near Rufus; it just might not be all day long.

Let’s look at today. We’re starting with a few marine clouds in Hood River. Pressures at 6am were 30.14/29.96/29.95. I looked those up myself, and that’s what I got, but it doesn’t feel right to me, honestly. Whether it is or isn’t… Models shift the strongest gradients east pretty quickly today. Dawn Patrol best bet is Mosier to Doug’s with 25-30. Eastern Gorge starts with 25ish between Avery and Arlington. Mid-morning wind will be 27-30 from Mosier to Arlington with 14-17 or perhaps 17-20 at Stevenson and Swell and 22-25 at Viento and Hood River. Things settle in early afternoon as the desert heat outpaces the Corridor by 10 degrees: 29-33 from Lyle to Arlington with 18-21 from Stevenson to Swell. Mosier will be questionable to this afternoon. Could fall in the windy zone. Could drop off. River flow is worth noting: John Day maxed out at 219-283kcfs over the last 24 hours. The Dalles: 197-308. River temp is 58.10F. High temp Hood River: 64F. Arlington: 72F.

Saturday sees a weak weather system push inland midday. That will affect your choices. The day starts with 11-14 from Viento to Swell, 5-10 at Stevenson, and light wind to the east of Swell. Mid to late morning, we’ll see the wind rise to 22-25 from Stevenson to Mosier with 15-18 from Lyle to Doug’s and 10-13 to the east. Afternoon: 27-31 from Mosier to Rufus with 22-25 at Arlington and 14-17 from Stevenson to Hood River. Models suggest the wind could rise to the 30-35 zone from Lyle to Threemile in the afternoon. With this shortwave moving through, the wind will be intermittently good/not good along the Rufus stretch of the river. High temp: 64F for Hood River and 72F for Arlington.

Extended (when things get unclear): Sunday’s forecast contains wind, at least in the low 20’s, but potentially stronger. Tuesday looks a bit stronger, but there are other model complications. Those same complicated models are hinting at a bigger day next Wednesday, but that’s really far out to be predicting! Let’s leave it there for now. Have a fun day on the river. Be safe!


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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. Friday: NW 10-15/N10-15/35+, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: NW 10-15/N15-20/30-35, NW 6′ @ 9. Sunday: NW15/N15-20/30-35, NW 6′ @ 8. Jones Friday: LTW. Saturday: LTW. Sunday: 12-15. Sauvie Island Friday: 9-12. Saturday: NW 15-18. Sunday: 11-14.

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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

Sunshine Friday. Freezing level 2500′ early and 6500′ later. Max temps 40ish. Wind: NW 40 early (could affect lift ops) and NW 20-30 in the afternoon (could affect the highest lifts). Saturday: sunny with a few clouds in the afternoon. Freezing level 6000′ early falling to 4000′ in the afternoon and 2500′ overnight. Max temps upper 30s. Wind: NW 15-20 in the morning and W 25 in the afternoon. Sunday: sunny. Freezing level 2500′ early and 4000′ later. Max temps 40ish. Wind: NW 25-35 early and NW 20-25 later. This relatively cool weather will make for excellent corn snow conditions following a frozen granular start. Get some!  

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

Mostly clear sky stays that way. Temps will be upper 40s early and mid 60s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be partly cloudy then mostly clear. Temps start in the low 40s and rise to the mid 60s. Moderate to moderately strong westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be partly cloudy then clear. Temps start in the mid 40s and rise to the low 60s. Moderate westerlies. No 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 at Rockford Grange on 5/19. 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: 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.  


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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Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/them pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and loves gardening. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.