Saturday: another windy weekend in the Gorge…

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morning max afternoon max executive
Iwash (Rooster) Rock great weather to tan a peach
Stevenson 10-13 G19-23 16-19 20-23
Viento 16-19 G19-23 16-19 20-23
Swell-Hood River 10-13 G19-23 16-19 20-23
Lyle to Doug’s 7-10 14-17 23-26 23-26
Rufus, etc: 150-209kcfs flow 7-10 14-17 G23-26 G23-26
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW 10-13 13-16 17-20
River flow last 24 hours: 119-221kcfsRiver temp: 62.42F High temp: 91F

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Westerlies return to the “enough” zone today and stay there for a while. The strongest day of the next five is clearly Sunday, but you may have to head east of Hood River, or even east of Mosier, to find the best results. High temps fall from the upper 80s today into the 70s on Sunday and hang out at 80 or less for most of the extended period. Sounds perfectly pleasant!

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Saturday starts with pressures of 29.94/29.86/29.84 for gradients of 0.08 and 0.02. As I started writing this just before 7am, westerlies were in the 15-18 range from Viento to Swell with 5-10mph pretty much everywhere else between Stevenson and Arlington. The wind dropped to 10-13 before I finished the forecast! We should see a brief period of gusty 19-23 from Stevenson to Doug’s late morning to early afternoon. Swell will be extra gusty, and will likely drop to 16-19 after an hour or two. Between Mosier and Rufus, afternoon westerlies pick up to 23-26 (not a great direction at Rufus, probably) with 17-20 at Arlington. Models hint at a late 20-23mph session at Swell after 5pm. River flow over the last 24 hours was 120-211kcfs (150-211 at Rufus), river temp is 62.42F, and high temp forecast is 87F for Hood River.

A weak front passing through overnight drags in a LOT of marine clouds for Sunday morning. It also drags in a swap meet at Windance. Okay, that has nothing to do with a passing shortwave, but there IS a swap meet! Models have them extending all the way to Rowena! This would be very impressive give Saturday’s weather, but hey, it’s possible. The day starts with post-frontal westerlies at 25-28 from Stevenson all the way to Threemile (more at Viento). The wind quickly settles into a groove mid-morning and drops to gusty 21-24 from Stevenson to Hood River with 27-30 from Mosier to Threemile. Afternoon: 31-34 from Mosier to Boardman. A couple hours of gusty, very gusty, 24-27 from Stevenson to Hood River mid-afternoon fade to gusty 21-24 or less in the evening. High temp: 73F.

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Marine clouds Monday morning burn off in the afternoon as a very brief ridge starts to build. As of this morning, models give us 15-18 from Stevenson to Hood River pretty much all day. To the east: calm or nearly so. High temp: 77F.

  Extended: Tuesday’s saving grace will be much hotter weather in the desert. 14-17 to start, 21-24 later. Focus: Corridor. Wednesday looks windier. A weak low off the WA coast sends cooler air into the west side during the day. Desert heating way outpaces the metro area. 25-28+ is the forecast. Westerlies of some sort stick around (probably) through next weekend, although models disagreement increases late next week. Have fun out there!

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Jones, Sauvie Island, Oregon Coast

North/Central/South coast, waves (swell forecast provided by NWS). Wind forecast for the afternoon (unless it’s a storm on the coast, in which case that’s peak wind during the day). Wind direction N (coast/Sauvie Island) and W (Jones) unless otherwise noted. Saturday: LTW/LTW/N25, W swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Sunday: LTW/LTNW/N30-35, W 6′ @ 12. Monday: 15/20/25-30, W 7′ @ 11. Jones Saturday: 21-24. Sunday: LTW. Monday: 17-20. Sauvie Island Saturday: 17-20 after 5pm. Sunday: 13-16. Monday: 11-14.

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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

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Very basic Hood River weather forecast. Don’t plan your life around this. You really should read Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook

Partly cloudy sky this morning clears this afternoon. Temps start in the low 60s and rise to the upper 80s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be cloudy then mostly clear. Temps start in the upper 50s and rise to the low 70s. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy then clear. Temps start near 50 and rise to the upper 70s. Light to moderate westerlies. No rainbows.  

Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

There’s a weekly social for Wind Johnnies (The Gorge Wind Social) at Ferment Brewing every 3rd Monday this summer. On June 25th, Brave Endeavors hosts a pride MTB ride at Post Canyon at 5:30pm. June 30th is Vortex #3, a paddling race.

The Columbia Gorge Junior Kayak Club offers free roll sessions (gear provided) for kids at the Hood River Pool every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 7pm. Visit their website for more deets: Amayah’s offers a free meal every First Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. 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. Columbia Gorge Tri Club meets at Mayer State Park at 6pm Tuesdays. 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.

Sign-ups are open for the Gorge Ultimate Summer League:

Wingfoil racing starts July 2nd:

Post Canyon Junior Enduro MTB series:  


Dirt is great in post as of 6/19. Post, Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, Syncline, Columbia Hills, and Nestor are open. Eightmile, Knebal, Bottle Prairie, Surveyor’s, Dog River, SuperConnector, and Cook Meadows are open. Fifteenmile is clear of snow but has not been cleared of downed trees. Lewis River is open. I received an email that Falls Creek is open. That is USFS land, and E-bikes are not allowed. Cows are out on Hospital Hill. NO DOGS. That means you, all of you, even your dog that’s [insert adjective]. No dogs. Do not risk access for everyone. No parking at the corral.  

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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.