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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 11-14 13-16
Viento 11-14 5-10 5-10 13-16
Swell-Hood River LTW calm calm 13-16
Lyle to Doug’s LTV LTV LTV LTV
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hot and complicated weather is in the cards for the next few days, but that won’t stop the westerlies. If you’d like slightly cooler weather, you could try Jones Beach for the strongest three-day stretch of wind this season. Make sure you stay hydrated wherever you go!

GOLU Friday morning, and you’ll find high overcast sky. That’s likely to stick around all day. Upper air temps are forecast to hit 30F today, so the entire area will be hot. Normally that would stop the wind, but if the forecast pans out, we’ll have late-day westerlies. Why? 100 for Portland and 113 for the far east desert. Early gradients were 0.05 pdx-dls and light easterly to the east. Viento starts the day at 11-14. Everywhere else: light and variable. Viento dips to 8-11 or less midday. After 3pm or so, westerlies build to 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier thanks to that temp gradient; it creates a desert low that increases (slightly) onshore flow. One caveat: if high clouds really build in the desert and temps don’t climb, neither will the wind. There’s also a slight chance of elevated thunder this afternoon. High-based storms don’t normally shut down the wind, but lightning is still dangerous! River flow is 111kfs, river temp is a salmon-killing 71F (a month earlier than usual), and high temp forecast for Hood River is 102F.

Saturday looks warm, overcast, and muggy. Add in steadily building westerlies. The day starts with 17-20 from Viento to Mosier with 10-13 eastward to Arlington and at Stevenson. Midday: 20-23 from Stevenson to Mosier with 12-15 at Avery and light/variable wind east, where widespread heat stamps down the wind speed. Models like the idea of 25-28 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the evening with 21-14 at Rufus and 10-13 in the eastern Gorge. I like that idea too, so let’s go with it! High temp: 96F.

The high temp forecast for Sunday drops about 10F from Saturday’s high. Offshore high pressure combines with a nice, solid inland heat low for 26-030 all day long: Viento to Moiser early; Stevenson to Mosier midday; Stevenson to The Dalles in the evening with 22-25 at Rufus and 10-13 at Arlington. Slight chance of thunder.

Models diverge in their predictions starting Monday. Our go-to GFS 12k likes the idea of 22-25 and significant thunderstorm possibility for the first few days of the week. The ECMWF isn’t on board with that. So… no certainty, but a general forecast of dropping temps along with westerlies of some sort.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Friday: 15-20/10-15/20-25+, SW swell 1′ at 8 seconds. Saturday: 5-10/10-15/25-30, SW 1′ @ 8. Sunday: 10-15/15-20/25-30, NW 3′ @ 8. Jones Friday: 23-26. Saturday: 25-28. Sunday: 22-25. Sauvie’s Friday: 13-16. Saturday: 14-17. Sunday: 10-13.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

High clouds stick around all day. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and near 100 later. Light westerlies most of the day. Light to moderate in the evening. Slight chance of thunder. 1% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks high overcast and muggy. Temps will be in the mid-70’s early (yuck) and mid 90’s later. Westerlies build from moderate to strong. No rainbows. Sunday will be high overcast. Slight chance of thunder. Temps will be near 70 early and in the mid 80’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows.

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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

The Hood River County Fair runs through Saturday. Cheno’s workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10).

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 (source: Hood River County email) 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. 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.  

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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.