Friday: rain, and lots of it

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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
Steven’s Locks LTE LTE E10-15 LTE
Swell-Hood River LTE LTE LTE LTE
Lyle to Doug’s LTE LTE LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. LTE LTE LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTE LTE LTE LTE

Gorge Wind Forecast

Not much happening for the next few days other than a shot at a widespread east wind event on Sunday. Friday will be light and variable early. Westerlies pick up to 7-10 through the whole Gorge late morning. There will be a few hours of 16-19ish east of The Dalles after 2pm. River flow is 47,900cfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 58F. Saturday will be light easterly pretty much all day with a short period of E 10-15 midday at Cascade Locks.

On Sunday, a bomb cyclone at approximately 950mb (record-setting) swings through the Pacific waters. This turns gradients offshore. Rooster and Stevenson will be in the 25-35 range early (and also torrentially wet). From sunrise to noon or so, easterlies pick up to gusty 20-30 all the way from Rooster to Arlington. The wind turns westerly in the west in the afternoon. Models are hinting at very strong low-level easterlies in the eastern Gorge in the afternoon. Combine that with upper level westerlies for thunderstorm chances. Stay safe.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

Mt. Hood picked up a few inches of snow last night and will pick up a far bit of snow at high elevations over the next few days. Unfortunately, the snow level will be too low for base-building at the lower elevations of the resorts.

Friday sees snow on the slopes. The snow level will be 5000′ early, 4500′ later, and 5000′ overnight. About 0.1” to 0.2” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day and again overnight. That’s 2-4” total. Wind: WSW 10-20 in the morning, WSW 20-35 in the afternoon and overnight.

Saturday starts with snow and sadly switches to rain. The snow level will be 5000′ early and will slowly rise to 7500′. About 0.2” WE is forecast as mixed precip during the day follow by a trace of drizzle overnight. Wind: WSW 25-35 in the morning, SW 10-20 in the afternoon, and S 15-30 overnight. Sunday looks rainy with the snow level at 7500′ early, 9500′ late morning, 6500′ in the evening, and 5500′ after midnight. About 1.0” rain is forecast (subject to change depending on the exact track of the storm) followed by a 0.1” WE mixed precip overnight. Wind: S 15-30 early rising to SW 30-50 late morning and holding overnight. A couple inches of snow are forecast Monday. The weather looks just a bit too warm for 5000′ snow for the long range forecast, but hey, it’s October still!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds stick around all day with a shot at sunbreaks late. A dry stretch until late morning is replaced by drizzle later. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 50’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be rainy all day. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be extremely rainy early and then rainy becoming dry overnight. Thunderstorms are possible. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Moderate to strong easterlies. 9% chance of rainbows.

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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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By Temira

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.