Monday: yet another windy day in the Gorge!

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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 morning clouds afternoon moons
Steven’s Locks 14-17 14-17 14-17 14-17
Viento g18-23 g18-23 g18-23 14-17
Swell-Hood River 14-17 14-17 14-17 14-17
Lyle to Doug’s 18-22 18-22 18-22 18-22
Roosevelt & Arlington 27-31 27-31 27-31 22-26

Gorge Wind Forecast

Yesterday’s river swell was truly ginormous, but the crowds were not. In an interesting twist, the wind climbed to 30+ from Viento to Hood River, stayed in the mid to upper 20’s for a good long portion of the river, and didn’t return to 30+ until Arlington. Sometimes the weather gonna do what the weather gonna do! We’ll have a not-as-nuking, still windy day today followed by at least a couple days of wing-beginner friendly weather. Beyond Wednesday, significant models differences exist, and it’s really not possible to make any sort of reliable or accurate forecast at this time.

Monday kicks off with marine clouds all the way past Hood River and drizzle falling on Underwood Mountain. That’s a sight for sunburned eyes! Head out east for sunshine. Early pressures read 30.25/30.16/30.05 for gradients of 0.09 and 0.11. I’d tell ya to go to The Wall with those readings, but there’s still too much current! From Avery or Celilo eastward, the wind should hold in the 27-31 zone until early afternoon. Brief forays into the low 30’s are possible. Models suggest and approaching disturbance late afternoon will knock the wind back to the 23-26 range out there. West of The Dalles, under the marine clouds, even the partial-coverage marine clouds, the wind will stay in the gusty 14-17 range, with some locations (Viento, Rowena) a bit higher. River flow yesterday was 398-422 kcfs (hence the GIANT swell near Swell City), river temp is 57F, and high temp forecast is 64F.

Offshore high pressure lessens and tilts positive on Tuesday, and somewhat warmer temps return, especially in the desert. The day starts with 11-14 from Stevenson to Swell. We’ll see a slow build of the wind tied to the desert heating. By midday, we should see 17-21 from Stevenson to Hood River. Afternoon wind picks up to 20-23 from Hood River to Doug’s and drops to 12-15 from Stevenson to Swell. High temp: 68F.

Wednesday will be about 10 degrees warmer than Tuesday. Westerlies start at 10-13 from Stevenson to Swell and rise to 17-20 from Stevenson to Doug’s midday. High temp: 77F. Beyond Wednesday, there’s just too much model disagreement to make a prediction. We have anything from inland ridging to inland troughing. Vote for the latter. Have a safe and fun day on the river today!  


Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Wind speed in knots. Direction Northerly unless otherwise noted for Coast. Westerly for Jones. Northerly for Sauvie Island. North/Central/South, waves. Wave forecast provided by NWS. Monday: 15/20-25/35-45, W swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Tuesday: 15-20/20-25+/35-45, W 6′ @ 9. Wednesday: 15-20/20-25/25-35, NW 4′ @ 9. Jones Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: 17-20. Wednesday: 21-24. Sauvie Island Monday: NW10-13. Tuesday: N 11-14. Wednesday: N 11-14.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky this morning turns partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 0.05% chance of rainbows. Tuesday will be partly cloudy to start and will turn sunny in the afternoon. Temps start in the low 40’s and rise to the upper 60’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be mostly clear then clear. Temps start in the mid 40’s and rise to the upper 70’s. Light westerlies early. Moderate later. No rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know! June 10th is the Gorge Adventure Race in White Salmon. Multi-discipline = multi-sport day.

Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing.

Regular bike rides (thanks to the Hood River Area Trail Stewards for collecting). Tuesday is Mountain View’s ride. Meet at 5:45pm on Post Canyon Drive where the pavement ends. Wednesday is the Evo/Kickstand all-ability, no-drop Post Canyon ride. 5:30 from the shop or join along the way. All abilities welcome. Thursday is Mountain View’s women’s ride. 5:30pm, Seven Streams Trailhead. No drop. Thursday is also the Dirty Fingers Post and Pint. 5:30 from the shop or later at Family Man. This is hardcore, race-pace. Saturday morning is the Mountain View road/gravel ride. Two hours. 12-14mph average speed. Starting May 6th, Oregon Ebikes has the women’s ride at 8:30am. Meet at Seven Streams parking lot for a 1.5 to 2 hour ride.  


Eldorado has re-opened. Post is clear of snow to the top. Nestor Peak is clear of snow. Falls Creek isn’t even close! Current Post Canyon closures: 140/Blue Car Downhill and connections closed indefinitely. On weekdays, Upper GP, Lower GP, and the top of Baby GP are closed through approximately May 17th. Chorus, and FMS are currently closed and will reopen approximately May 11. Do not violate these closures. Post Canyon is a tree farm, and we ride there at the grace of Hood River County. Thank you!

Cows are in on Hospital Hill. That means dogs are no longer allowed. Even if your dog is cool. Even if you’re a local. Even if … you get the picture! Hospital Hill is private land. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they’re generous enough to let folks use that land, and dogs have been shot there before. Please don’t ride muddy trails, or you’ll do permanent damage. Always remember to consider gravel riding! If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

Valuable Advice for Gardeners Inhabiting Neighboring Areas

Valuable Advice for Gardeners Inhabiting Neighboring Areas: with cool weather in the forecast for at least a few days, it’s a great time to get more seeds in the ground. It’s also a great time to plant. Plants like cool weather. But maybe wait until after today’s windstorm, because plants don’t like nuking westerlies any more than you do! Those of you planting sweet potatoes (yes, you can grown them in the lowlands here) will want to plant those slips like you plant tomatoes – deep. Bury them up to their last set of leaves. They’ll make lots of roots, and lots of roots make for healthy plants that make lots of sweet potatoes. Happy gardening.  

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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.