Saturday: another breezy Gorge weekend. Yay!

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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 sunny buns afternoon moons
Steven’s Locks 7-10 10-13 13-16+ 20-23
Viento 7-10 18-21 18-21 21->26
Swell-Hood River 14-17 18-21 13-16 21->26
Lyle to Doug’s 7-10 10-13 13-16 21->26
Rufus, etc. 7-10 7-10 7-10 20-23+
Roosevelt & Arlington 7-10 7-10 light light

Gorge Wind Forecast

Previous dire forecasts of a hot and windless weekend are long gone now. We’re looking at another three-day stretch of westerlies. Thanks to strong offshore high pressure, the wind might even beat the forecasts! Your rest day comes on Tuesday when temps equalize through the Gorge and turn the wind calm or light easterly.

Clear sky starts the day all the way from the metro area to the desert. Thanks to this, you’ll want to mark a nap on your day planner for the midday lull. But don’t worry – westerlies pick up this evening thanks to thermals. The Executive Session just might be the strongest of the day! So, we start with pressures of 30.16/30.05/30.03 for gradients of 0.11 and 0.02. Westerlies build to 20-23 this morning from Viento to Mosier and 17-20 at Stevenson. East of Mosier, the wind stays light. Expect a lull midday into the mid teens. As the desert really heats and a sea breeze tones down the metro area temps late in the day, westerlies build into the evening. We should see 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles late afternoon followed by 23-26 from Stevenson to Avery or maybe even Rufus this evening. River flow yesterday was 190-232kcfs (paddle downwinder game on!), river temp is 61F, and high temp forecast is 81F.

We’ll see a similar pattern (wind-lull-wind) on Sunday. Get up wicked early for a Dawn Patrol session of 24-27 from Viento to Mosier. Stevenson: 11-14. East to Arlington: 11-14. By the time most people are finishing breakfast, the wind will drop to 17-20 and will only be located between Stevenson and Hood River. Let the wind do that for several hours. In the evening, it’ll bounce back at 22-26 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 14-17 at Rufus.

This pattern continues on Monday, but the wind will be more confined to the Corridor. Set your sights on Stevenson to Mosier. 17-20 early. 11-14 midday. 17-20 in the evening. Tuesday just looks hot with light to moderate easterlies. Models hint at moderate westerlies on Wednesday, but there’s no sure sign yet. There is a decent signal of cooling for the second half of next week. That’ll bring back the wind in some form, although models are hinting that it won’t be an ideal cooldown setup. But that’s a long ways out. Let’s just focus on this weekend. Get out and get some!  


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. Saturday: 15-20+/15-20+/30-35, W swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Sunday: 25-30/25-30/35-40, combined seas 9′ at 9. Monday: 25-30/25-30/30-40, combined seas 9′ at 15. Jones Saturday: 22-25. Sunday: 20-23. Monday: 13-16. Sauvie Island Saturday: 14-17. Sunday: 20-23. Monday: 20-23.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky today. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early (open windows) and low 80’s later (closed windows). Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be sunny. Temps start in the low 50’s and rise to the low 80’s. Moderately strong westerlies. No rainbows. Monday will be sunny. Temps start in the low 50’s and rise to the mid 80’s. Moderate westerlies. 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! White Salmon Springfest is happening today. 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 above 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.  


Post is clear of snow to the top. Dog River and Surveyor’s are clear per my friend who rode them on 5/27. Bottle Prairie, 8 Mile, and Super Connector are open. Super Duper Connector is open. There is still snow on a short section of Surveyor’s between the Cooks Meadow intersection and Dog River. Nestor Peak is clear of snow. Falls Creek isn’t even close! 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.