Saturday: cool and cloudy to start. pleasantly breezy later!

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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 sun shine bun time
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-15 20-24 17-20
Swell-Hood River 15-18 19-23 21-24 17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 12-15 15-18 19-22 22-25
Rufus, etc. 20-25 20-25 17-20 14-17
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-25 15-20 10-13 7-10

Gorge Wind Forecast

Clouds made it past Hood River this morning. That gives all of us a chance to catch our breath and make a plan for today. And yes, it’ll be windy again today. Sunday’s looking marginal, but not not-windy. Don’t forget that Windance has a swap meet on Sunday morning! Slightly stronger wind returns for Monday and Tuesday. After that, significant model disagreement makes it silly to attempt a forecast.

Let’s look at today, Saturday. We have a trough moving inland today. It left deep marine clouds on the west side and will cool down high temps. Gradients started the day at 30.17-30.11-30.07 for .08/.04, and westerlies reflected this with teens under the clouds and some low 20’s way out east. Despite those 20-25 readings, the desert will not be the sweet spot today. Give the clouds a few hours to burn off, and then find a spot somewhere between Stevenson and Doug’s or perhaps Avery. Midday: you’ll find 17-21 from Viento to Mosier with 13-16 in the eastern Gorge. Stevenson will build when the clouds desist. Give it extra time. Afternoon wind builds to 20-24 from Stevenson to Mosier with 14-17 to Avery and 10-13 at Rufus. Later afternoon sees the wind drop to 17-20 from Stevenson to Swell with 22-25 from Hood River to Avery and 14-17 at Rufus. River flow readings are 152-175kcfs, river temp is 70F, and Hood River high temp will be 79F.

Weak offshore high pressure minimizes cloud coverage on Sunday morning. Warmer temps are forecast all across the land. This gives us 10-13 form Stevenson to Swell to start with light/variable wind to the east. That’s the plan for much of the day. Afternoon westerlies, aided by desert heat, rise to 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier with 7-10 from Lyle to Doug’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wind outperforms this forecast by a few mph. High temp: 86F.

Temperature gradients increase on Monday. In an interesting twist, both the Gorge and the Jones Beach area will be windy. Here in the Gorge, westerlies start at 14-17 from Viento to Hood River and build to 21-24. Tuesday’s forecast is currently 19-22 in the Corridor. After that, the wind is likely to drop due to high temps all across the PNW. However, models are disagreeing on the details of the upcoming heat wave. It’s really not worth attempting a forecast until they show more agreement. Enjoy your weekend!  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Saturday: LTW/N10-15/25-30, W swell 2′ at 6 seconds. Sunday: NW10-15/15/25-35, NW 1′ @ 8. Monday: 10-15/10-15/30-40, W 3′ @ 8. Jones Saturday: LTW. Sunday: 20-23. Monday: 22-25. Sauvie’s Saturday: 9-12. Sunday: 11-14. Monday: 14-17.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – Back on vacation until next fall


Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be clear. Temps start in the mid 50’s and end in the mid 80’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Monday will be sunny. Temps start in the upper 50’s and finish up in the upper 80’s. Moderately strong 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! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week. Unfortunately, the moon also peaks this week. The Dufur Threshing Bee is this weekend. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle at 6pm on Thursday at the Hatchery. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30. The women’s Post-and-Pinot ride is Wednesday evening at 5:30.  


Some nice Hood River folks went and cleared the Smith Creek trail by St. Helens. That loop is now open. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure of anything being closed. No report yet on Boulder Lakes or Gunsight, but I’m sure someone will email me after changing this. Caveats: the road connecting Plains of Abraham to Smith Creek closes at noon Monday-Friday and will not be open to bikers during that time. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. If you’re riding Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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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.