Monday: three days of moderate westerlies. One day of nothin’. Then some real rain!

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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
Rooster Rock calm wind steady buns
Steven’s Locks 7-10 10-13 17-20 17-20
Viento 17-20 17-20 21-24 21-24
Swell-Hood River 17-20 17-20 21-24 21-24
Lyle to Doug’s 11-14 7-10 10-13 17-20
Rufus, etc. 20-25 13-16 10-13 10-13
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 5-10 LTW

Gorge Wind Forecast

To say there were a lot of people on the Hood River waterfront yesterday would be putting it mildly. To say there were a lot of people winging would also be putting it mildly. If you’re one of the many, lucky you – winging conditions continue for the next three days before fall hits, and hits hard.

Looking at Monday, we have a mellow weather day on tap. Gradients at 5am were .09 and .06. Don’t trust that eastern Gorge gradient – today’s more of a Corridor day. We’ll start with 17-20 from Viento to Swell with 7-10 at Stevenson and 11-15 most other places. Exception: Maryhill starts at 20-25 or so. It’s probably best to ignore that promising start. By late morning or early afternoon, the wind settles into a groove: 21-24 from Stevenson to Moiser 15-18 to the Dalles, and 10-13 at Rufus. River flow is 71,200cfs, river temp is 68f, and high temp forecast for Hood River is 71F.

We see a weak weather system impacting the wind field on Tuesday for gustier, lighter conditions. Daybreak arrives with 7-10 from Stevenson to Hood River with light westerlies everywhere else. That’s about it for the morning. Early afternoon arrives with 11-14 from Stevenson to Hood River. The evening session picks up to 18-22 from Viento to The Dalles (11-14 at Stevenson) and 13-16 near Rufus. High temp: 79F.

Clouds fill the western Gorge on Wednesday morning. Despite this, there will be gusty westerlies at 22-26 most places from Stevenson to Threemile. The widespread wind only lasts through late morning – do not go chasing those Threemile swells. From late morning on, the wind steadies out at 21-24 from Mosier to Rufus with gusty 18-22 from Stevenson to Hood River and 13-16 east of Rufus. High temp: 70F. Thursday looks light. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday look rainy with a shot at moderate westerlies in the eastern Gorge Saturday afternoon.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Monday: 10-15+/20-25/35-45, NW swell 6′ at 10 seconds. Tuesday: LTW/LTNW/N30-35, W 5′ @ 10. Wednesday: 15-20+/25-30/35-45, NW 7′ @ 9. Jones Monday: 7-10. Tuesday: 7-10. Wednesday: 12-15. Sauvie’s Monday: 8-11. Tuesday: LTN. Wednesday: 12-15+.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Monday looks mostly clear after a partly cloudy start. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday will be clear in the morning and cloudy later. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 70’s later. Light westerlies early. Moderate in the evening. No rainbows. Wednesday starts cloudy and turns clear in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and near 70 later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 0.5% chance of rainbows.

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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. Columbia Hills is closed due to fire danger.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, 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 has reopened. Huffman: not sure.

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 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. Normally on 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. In-person meditation is on “pause” due to the recent Covid surge. It will happen on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube page at 6:30. 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 workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10). Families in the Park starts August 5th at Jackson Park and runs for several weeks on Thursday evening.  

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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.