friday: happy summer solstice! Just another windy day…

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock dappled sun on the buns
Steven’s Locks G10-13 G13-16 G16-20 G22-26
Swell-Hood River G15-20 G15-20 G22-26 G22-26
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 20-23 26-29 26-29 26-29
Rufus, etc. 20-23 26-29 26-29+ 26-29+
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-23 23-26 23-26 23-26

Gorge Wind Forecast

Strong westerlies, perhaps even nuking westerlies, continue for three more days. After that, the weather pattern driving all this wind breaks down, leaving us with lower-quality and weaker west wind. However, that’s still a few days out, so keep your small gear in your vehicle.

For Friday, clouds have moved well into the Gorge to star the day. Gradients at 6am were .08 and .07. Before I forget… river flow today: 127kcfs. River temp: 63 degrees. Wind speeds were all over the place early; Stevenson in the single digits and other locations with averages up to the low twenties. Give the desert some time to warm, and the wind will steady out. By late morning or early afternoon, you can expect 26-29 from Mosier to Rufus. It’s going to take some time for the western Gorge to clear out today; when it does, we’ll have gusty 22-26 from Stevenson to Hood River. Arlington will probably climb to 23-26 today.

On to Saturday – brief high pressure builds overhead resulting in a sunny afternoon in the metro area. Morning wind starts at 22-26 from Viento to Mosier with 12-15 east and west of that stretch. Hold on to your hats, because strong high pressure combines with low pressure in the desert for 30-33 all the way from Stevenson to Threemile on Saturday afternoon. The Euro is slightly less optimistic, but either way, we’re looking at a big day on the river.

Repeat that on Sunday as deeper marine clouds move into the metro area and well into the Gorge. Morning wind looks like 20-23 from Mosier to Arlington with gusty 13-16 west of there. Models disagree on the afternoon wind. The mighty GFS likes 27-31 all the way from Stevenson to Arlington. Europe’s challenger, the ECMWF, takes the wind to 30-35. Short description of Sunday: windy.

Our delightful synoptic-scale setup breaks down on Monday as an upper low takes up residence offshore and stays there through Thursday, at least. Result: lighter, gustier westerlies for the extended forecast along with a slight chance of some showers.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Friday: LTW/LTNW/30-35, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: W5/NW5-10/30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Sunday: NW5/5-10/30-35, NW 5′ @ 7. Jones Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 5-8. Sunday: 5-8. Sauvie’s Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 17-20. Sunday: 5-8.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Friday starts off mostly cloudy and ends mostly sunny. Temps will be int eh mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Strong westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks mostly clear to start and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 early and near 70 later. Nuking westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday starts off cloudy and ends clear. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. 450 is open. I saw a Strava on Gunsight, so that’s open too with confirmed patches of snow. Logging has begun on Whoopdee, so the main loop is closed. Ronnoc trail will remain open, and so will the climb out. Other open trails: Post, Nestor, Columbia Hills, Hospital Hill, Dog River, Sandy Ridge, Syncline, and Falls Creek from the top. Lower Lewis River is open. Despite advice to the contrary, Red Hill Road was open to bikes on Saturday, 6/1. Proof is on The Strava. Red Hill Road is supposedly closed for logging. Ride at your own risk.

If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead any more as per request by SDS. Continue past the trailhead 0.5 miles or so to the new designated parking area. The cows are off Hospital Hill now!

Upcoming Events

This morning’s events include the kickstand coffee and donut run – jog four miles, get a coffee and a donut. There’s senior Zumba at the Hood River Adult Center at 9. At 3pm today, you can join the summer solstice party at Illumination Saddle. That goes on until well after sunset.

Safe energy for tomorrow, because there’s a long list of fun: the Gorge Ride at the Discovery Center, a downwind paddle race from Viento to Hood River, the Grand Opening of the Gorge Fly Shop, the Wild Woman trail marathon, relay, and 50k in Trout Lake, a trail work party at Dee’s Punchbowl falls, Pups in the Park in Parkdale, the Relay for Life Fund Run in The Dalles, Hood River Yacht Club’s opening day with free sailboat rides, and a trail work party meeting at Family Man in Post Canyon at 9:30.

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.