Saturday. 5/24. Gorge wind. Plenty of events. And weak weather systems. Can we get some rain, please?

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Random Morning Thoughts

Wow. I guess I was tired. I went to bed at 10:30 and woke up at 8:30.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks light light light light
Steven’s Locks 13-16 15-18 18-21 18-21
Hatchery (minus a few for Hood River) 15-18 18-22 gusty
Doug’s, etc. 15-18 18-23 24-27 24-27
Rufus, etc. 15-18 18-23 24-27 24-27
Roosevelt, etc. 15-18 18-23 18-23 18-23

Gorge Wind

There’s a very deep marine layer this morning and decent gradients along with it: .08 (pdx-dls) and .05 (dls-psc). As the desert heats up and Portlanders stream out of the city to escape both the clouds and the boil water order, the wind will pick up in the Gorge.

The question today is where we’ll see the strongest steadiest wind, as there are spotty marine clouds over Hood River. Let’s start with what we do know: we’ll see a strong and steady build to 24-27 from Mosier to Maryhill by about 1pm. I suspect the wind will be gustier, but still 24-27 near Hood River in the early afternoon.

Tomorrow starts with 8-11 or so, picking up to gusty 23-26 from Stevenson all the way to Arlington in the early afternoon as a weather system approaches. Let me repeat: it will be gusty and up and down and rather unrealiable. That said, you’ll find the strongest, steadiest, earliest-happening, longest-lasting conditions at Stevenson. But you’ll find wind everywhere else too.

Monday starts off light as the weather system exits and low pressure sits off the coast. The wind will pick up to the mid to upper 20’s in the afternoon (where, I don’t know yet) as high pressure builds off the coast.

Gorge Weather

It’s partly cloudy this morning with plenty of sun, no showers (other than the one I’m going to take after I finish writing this), and no rainbows. We’ll see the clouds burn off late in the afternoon. Expect temps in the mid-50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon with lots of wind. Tomorrow looks sunny early with low clouds in the western Gorge. High clouds move in during the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and right around 70 in the afternoon with light wind early, becoming strong late. Monday starts off cloudy with a chance of showers and rainbows, becoming sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 60’s late with light wind early and strong wind late.

Road and Mountain Biking

I dunno what to say today. It’s going to be windy for road biking, so maybe you should ride to Lost Lake. There are a couple of group rides on Facebook – if you want to hook up with other road riders, ask to join the GorgeVelo Facebook group. In mtbnews, you can get my latest trail information, which may not be all that up to date, off my trail conditions page on my website.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

River Levels

Guess what? I forgot to call Wet Planet AGAIN yesterday. Anyway, let’s say the White Salmon is still at 4.1′. The Hood is at 4.7′, the Klickitat’s at 2480cfs, and the Columbia is at 352kcfs at John Day and 378kcfs at The Dalles.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

Because I slept in so late, you missed both the Hood River Running Club’s weekly trail run at 8am at Post. You also missed the 5k Zombie Run at Sorosis Park in The Dalles at 9am. Sorry about that. I dunno why I slept so late.

Going on all day, all weekend, it’s Riverfest on the Deschutes. Besides the free mini rafting trips, there’s a 5k and 10k race on Saturday (you probably missed those too because I slept in so late) and a ½ Marathon tomorrow. Also tomorrow morning, SOLV has a river cleanup, and they’re providing BBQ lunch for volunteers. Mmm. BBQ.

Have an awesome day today!


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.