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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 LTW 14-17
Viento 20-24 5-10 LTW 14-17
Swell-Hood River 10-13 5-10 LTW 14-17
Lyle to Doug’s LTV LTV LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTE LTE

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Monday morning, and there will be just enough wind for Dawn Patrol at Viento and just enough wind for the executive session in the western Gorge this evening. Stronger wind Tuesday and Wednesday is followed by a nuker on Thursday and then deep clouds and a chance of rain for Friday. Your early morning, hazy-sky gradients for Monday are 0.08 (pdx-dls) and 0.00 (eastern Gorge). Early morning westerlies will be 20-24 at Viento with 11-14 at Swell and light/variable wind to the east. By the time Stevenson would normally join in, gradients will have plummeted. Expect calm wind east of Hood River and less than 10mph to the west from mid-morning all the way through mid to late afternoon. Onshore flow through the Coast Range (Jones forecast: 23-26+) finally creates a temp/pressure gradient increase for the executive session: 10-13 from Stevenson to Swell by 5pm and 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier after 5pm. River flow is 104kcfs. River temp is 71F. High temp forecast is 97F. Thunderstorms are possible all across the region this afternoon, so this wind forecast may be moot! The Pacific High and the inland heat low combine for stronger westerlies on Tuesday. Daybreak: 19-22 from Viento to Swell with 7-10 at Stevenson and east to Arlington. The wind quickly jumps to 21-24 from Viento to Swell, falls to 16-19 midday, and rebounds to 21-24 in the afternoon before shifting east. Late afternoon westerlies will be 14-17 from Stevenson to Bingen with 22-25 from Mosier to Celilo and 13-16 at Rufus. But wait! Thunderstorms are possible east of the Cascade Crest on Tuesday, so check the radar before you drive. High temp: 95F. Looking at Wednesday, we have another day where we’re under thunderstorm threat all day followed by a shot at stronger storms overnight. These, like those the two days before, are elevated. Elevated instability doesn’t always ruin the wind on the water. Lightning does. Wednesday starts with 19-22 from Viento to Swell with 14-17 in Hood River and 10-13 to the east. The wind drops to 15-18 and fills from Stevenson to Mosier through the afternoon. Late in the day, should the timing be just right, westerlies build to 21-24. High temp: 93F. If you want the Corridor on Thursday, you’ll need to move fast. 30-35mph is the call. The wind shifts east in the afternoon at gusty 30-35+. Clouds and rain (please!!!) in the western Gorge on Friday shift the wind eastward. You’ll find 24-27ish east of The Dalles. Have a great week!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Monday: 25-30/10-15/15-25, W swell 2′ at 10 seconds. Tuesday: 10-20/20-25/30-35, W 2′ @ 12. Wednesday: 15-20/15-20/25-35, NW 4′ @ 11. Jones Monday: 23-26. Tuesday: 20-23. Wednesday: 25-28. Sauvie’s Monday: 19-23. Tuesday: 14-17. Wednesday: 14-17.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

High overcast sky sticks around all day. Thunderstorms are possible this evening. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and upper 90’s later. Light westerlies becoming moderate later. No rainbows. Tuesday will be high overcast then clear. Temps will be in the upper 60’s early and mid 90’s later. Moderate to slightly stronger westerlies. No rainbows. Thunderstorms east of the Cascade Crest. Wednesday will be clear and then partly high overcast. Temps will be in the upper 60’s early and low 90’s later. Moderate westerlies becoming stronger in the evening. 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

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. Cheno’s outdoor HIIT workout is Saturday 10am at the lawn behind Ferment ($10) and Tuesday nights in White Salmon.  

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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.