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Friday: another windy 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 overcast sky buns cry!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10
Viento 17-20 10-13 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 17-20 10-13 10-13 10-13
Lyle to Doug’s 17-20 20-23 24-28+ 20-24
Rufus, etc. 20-23 20-23 27-31 24-28-
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-23 20-23 27-31 24-28-

Gorge Wind Forecast

Happy Friday, everyone! The asterisk in yesterday’s forecast definitely played out – instability and thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the wind all the way from Swell to Arlington. For the next couple of days, we’ll have onshore flow with weather disturbances. You’ll have your wind, but you’ll also have gustiness and unreliability. Let’s look at the details.

A front swings through on Friday morning. That will deepen the clouds in the west, keep the temps low, and nudge the eastern Gorge wind upward. That said, expect it to be gusty. Morning westerlies will be 17-20 from Viento to Arlington with 10-15 at Stevenson. As the front pushes through late morning, the eastern Gorge responds. You’ll find gusty 24-28 from Lyle to Threemile with 27-30 possible for a short period of time. After 5pm, the wind fades to 18-21. River flow is 108kcfs. River temp is 71F. High temp forecast is 73F for Hood River and 81F for Biggs.

Saturday morning starts with 16-19 from Viento to Swell with 8-11 to the east and west. The wind levels out midday to gusty 14-17 between Stevenson and Moiser with light westerlies elsewhere. A bit later in the day, the Gorge reacts to a cold front approaching the coast. Westerlies climb to gusty 24-27 from Mosier (or Lyle) to Rufus. Expect 12-15 in the western Gorge and 20-23 at Arlington. High temp: 79F for Hood River. Very muggy.

“Pleasant” describes Sunday as dry air moves in and westerlies stick around. The eastern Gorge shines in the morning with 23-26. Clouds keep the western Gorge at 12-15 to kick off the day. Afternoon wind will be strongest between Stevenson and Avery: 20-23. Eastern Gorge launches drop to 10-13mph.

Looking at the extended forecast, we see light wind Monday, stronger westerlies Tuesday, and another round of light wind on Wednesday and Thursday. Models are far from exact agreement, but there is definitely a strong bias towards heat and doldrums. Enjoy your weekend!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Friday: LTV/NW5-10/N15-25, W swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: LTW/LTW/N20-30, W 3′ @ 9. Sunday: LTNW/N10-15/N30-35+, W 5′ @ 8. Jones Friday: LTV. Saturday: LTW. Sunday: 14-17. Sauvie’s Friday: LTV. Saturday: gusty NW 10-15. Sunday: calm.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Friday will be partly cloudy becoming cloudy and then partly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 60’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. 0.5% chance of rainbows. Saturday will be clear and quite muggy during the day and cloudy overnight. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday starts partly cloudy and turns clear. Dry air. Temps will be in the mid 50’s (lovely) in the morning and low 70’s (excellent) in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Hot next week.

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Cycling

SDS (Whoopdee, Underwood), BLC, HFM, DGS, and Kreps Land (Hospital Hill) are now closed until the end of fire season. It is also vital that people respect this closure to maintain positive relationships between the landowners and trail users. DNR land in Eastern Washington (Buck Creek / Nestor Peak) is all closed to recreation due to fire danger.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, Columbia Hills, Gorge 400, Plains of Abraham / Ape Canyon. 44 Road: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks Meadows, 450 to the top, Gunsight, Underhill. Siouxon and Huffman Peak are “temporarily closed” due to wildfire last year.

Maple Road in Post Canyon is closed. DO NOT drive past the closed signs. If you do so, you will jeopardize TRAIL access for the entire summer. This is the road that runs to the west, just north of the Binns/Riorden intersection. Also, the trail from the bottom of Post Canyon to Seven Streams Staging Area is now closed. It’s on private land. Respect the closure.  

Local Events

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 went into effect on 7/16. No more motorized use in Post Canyon trails. Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. They have an all-genders ride at 6pm on Wednesday, end of the pavement on Post Canyon Road. Their shop road ride leaves at 9am on Saturday for a 2 hour ride. Dirty Fingers has the Post n’ Pint on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm from the shop. They also have the women’s Post n’ Pinot Wednesday evening at 5:30pm from the shop. Oregon E-Bikes has ladies’ rides at 7:30am Sunday and Monday. The Small Boat Group does paddles every Thursday evening at 6pm at the Hatchery.

Other weekly events. Tuesday night there’s meditation with the Pacific Hermitage Monks at 5:15 (1 hour) and 6:30 (30 minutes followed by a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. In-person meditation is on “pause” due to the recent Covid surge. It will happen on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube page at 6:30. Triathlon practice with the Tri Club is Tuesday at 6pm at West Mayer State Park. Sailboat races happen Wednesday night from the Hood River Marina. There are also lesser races on Friday nights. Cheno’s workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10). Families in the Park starts August 5th at Jackson Park and runs for several weeks on Thursday evening.  

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By Temira

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