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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
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11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock sun buns super fun!
Steven’s Locks 12-15 12-15 17-20 17-20
Viento-Hood River 17-20 20-23 17-20 15-18
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 10-13 20-23 25-28
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 20-23 25-28
Roosevelt & Arlington 15-20 5-10 LTV 5-10

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Monday, and it’s going to be another sunny, windy day in the Gorge. Heck, it’s going to be another sunny, windy week in the Gorge. A couple of weak weather systems on Monday and Tuesday contribute complexity to the forecast. Wednesday looks a bit stronger. Models hint at lighter westerlies Thursday through Sunday, perhaps light enough for you to get some other sports in or some other tasks done!

Let’s look at Monday: early gradients were 0.11 (pdx-dls) and 0.05 (dls-psc) with westerlies in the teens from Stevenson all the way to Arlington. Westerlies focus on the western Gorge this morning. In response to an approaching front this afternoon, they’ll dip in the west and rise in the east. For the first half of the day, westerlies linger at 17-20 from Viento to Hood River before picking up briefly to 20-23 from Viento to Mosier with 15-18 at Stevenson once clouds clear. Not much happens out east this morning. Early in the afternoon, the wind drops to 14-17 from Stevenson to Hood River. Mosier to Doug’s rises to 20-23. Late in the day, just in time for the Executive Session, the wind rises to 25-28 from (Mosier?) Lyle to Rufus with 12-15 at Arlington. River flow is 132kcfs, river temp is 69F, and high temp forecast is 87F for Hood River and 94F for Biggs.

A nice solid marine push infiltrates the Gorge to Cascade Locks on Tuesday morning. That combines with offshore high pressure and inland low pressure (that’s higher than normal thanks to that darn Intermountain West ridge) for another day on the river. It starts with 19-22 from Viento to Mosier with 13-16 at Rowena and 10-13 in the eastern Gorge and Stevenson. By late morning, westerlies jump to 21-24 between Stevenson and Mosier with 15-18 at Rowena and 10-13 at Rufus. Arlington: light and variable. Evening wind rises to 23-26 from Stevenson to Rufus with 10-13 at Arlington. High temp: 82.

On to Wednesday: marine push, once again. Max wind: 25-28 from Stevenson to Avery, best late morning to early afternoon. Late in the day, the wind fills in all the way to Arlington. The extended forecast suggests average speeds will drop below 20mph and stay there Thursday through Sunday. That could change, of course, but we currently have all the indicators for a period of moderate wind. Enjoy!  

Coast, Jones, Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Monday: NW5/NNW5-10/N25-30, NW swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Tuesday: 10-15/15-20/30-35, NW 3′ @ 7. Wednesday: 10-15/15-20/30-40, NW 3′ @ 6. Jones Monday: 21-24. Tuesday: 17-20. Wednesday: 14-17. Sauvie’s Monday: 13-16. Tuesday: 12-15. Wednesday: 12-15.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky starts the day Monday. High clouds end it. Temps will be in the upper 60’s early and upper 80’s later. Moderate westerlies become strong late in the day. No rainbows. Tuesday may have high clouds early but will clear later. Temps will be in the low 60’s in the morning and low 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be sunny. Temps start in the mid-upper 50’s and end in the upper 70’s. 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.

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, 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 Gorge Downwind Champs are happening. Watch for downwind floating objects!

IFPL 3 restrictions go into effect on 7/16. No more motorized use in Post Canyon trails or other trails west of Highway 35. 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. Hatch laps are the latest thing they do.

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.  

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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.