Saturday: last day for Meadows. definitely not the last day of Gorge westerlies.

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These are ranges for the average speed reading, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite launch dawn
morning max afternoon max executive
Iwash (Rooster) Rock cloudy and cool buns of fools
Stevenson LTW 5-10 16-19 16-19
Viento 20-24 20-24 G14-17 17-20
Swell-Hood River 16-19 20-23 16-19 G17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 7-10 building 28-32 28-32
Rufus, etc. 7-10 building 28-32 28-32
Roosevelt & Arlington 11-14 14-17 23-26 26-29
River flow last 24 hours: 200-248kcfsRiver temp: 58.10F High temp: 62F

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Seasonably unsettled weather continues through the next several days as a series of weak but wind-influential systems swing through the Northwest. The most noticeable impact of this will be to shift the focus of the strongest wind from the Hood River area out to the Rowena stretch of the river. Thankfully, the range of “good” wind has widened with the rise of foil sports, so there will be plenty of room for y’all to spread out. Before we dive in… welcome to all the Canadians down for the Victoria Day holiday!

Saturday started off with pressures of 30.14/30.05/30.03 for gradients of 0.09 and 0.02. That’s enough for 15-18 dawn patrol from Viento to Swell. We’ll see the wind pick up to 17-20 from Stevenson to Mosier mid-morning with 11-14 from Lyle to Arlington. 20-23 at Swell is possible for a couple hours. The wind shifts to the east in the afternoon. Stevenson to Swell should be up-and-down 16-19 for the remainder of the day. Early afternoon sees 24-27 from Mosier to Rufus followed by 28-32 from Lyle to Arlington. If I had to guess – and apparently I’m supposed to! – I’d guess that the Rufus stretch will be less than perfect direction but good enough. But… never leave wind to find wind – stay by Rowena for best results! River flow over the last 24 hours was 200-232kcfs at The Dalles and 215-248 at John Day. River temp is 58.10F. High temp forecast is 62F for Hood River and 67F for Arlington.

Sunday sees yet another weak system impact the Gorge. The day starts with 14-17 all the way from Stevenson to Arlington. After a slow but steady start, the wind rises to 21-24 early afternoon from Mosier to Rufus with 15-18 at Arlington. After 2pm, models give a little rebound to the Corridor: expect 18-22 from Stevenson to Mosier with 23-26 from Lyle to Rufus and 20-23 at Arlington. Farther east: 17-20 at best. High temp forecast for Hood River is 63F.

Extended: Monday’s another day where the focus shifts east of Hood River. We may see 21-24 at the Hatch in the morning before a shift eastward and build to 25-28 from Mosier to Avery. Tuesday: 25-28 out east, maybe. Lots of disagreement on that particular day. Models are more certain about a strong wind day next Wednesday, but that’s a long ways out to be certain. We’ll keep watching it! Have fun out there today!


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Jones, Sauvie Island, Oregon Coast

North/Central/South, waves (swell forecast provided by NWS). Wind forecast for the afternoon. Wind direction N unless otherwise noted. Saturday: NW10-15/N15-20/30-35, NW swell 5′ at 9 seconds. Sunday: 15/15/30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Monday: NW10-15/N15-20/30-35, NW 6′ @ 8. Jones Saturday: 8-11. Sunday: 11-14. Monday: 17-20. Sauvie Island Saturday: WNW 12-15. Sunday: 10-13. Monday: 10-13.

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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

Unseasonably cool weather continues for the next few days. Saturday is Meadows’ last day of the season. The freezing level will be 2500′ early and 4000′ later. Max temps near 40. Wind will be NW 20-25. Light snow is possible overnight… just a trace. Sunday will be sunny. Freezing level 5000′ rising to 6500′. Max temps near 40. Wind NNW 10 becoming NW 20-25. get to the mountain early enough either day, and you’ll find a solid snap to the snow thanks to excellent overnight radiational cooling.  

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 sticks around all day. Temps start in the upper 40s and rise to the low 60s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be partly cloudy. Temps start in the low 40s and rise to the low 60s. Moderate westerlies No rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy then mostly clear. Temps start in the low 40s and rise to the low 70s. 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!

Cascadia Cup mountain bike race in Post Canyon 5/18 and 5/19. There’s a work party for the new hike/horse/run trail in Post. Meet 5/25 at 9am at Family Man Staging Area. There’s a plant sale and garden fair with music and vendors at Rockford Grange on 5/19 starting at 2pm. The Cascadia Dirt Cup is in Post Canyon June 1-2. There’s a weekly social for Wind Johnnies (The Gorge Wind Social) at Ferment Brewing every 3rd Monday this summer. The first is Monday, May 20th at 5:30pm.

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. The Tri Club is done for the season. 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.  


Cascadia Dirt Cup is May 18/19 in Post. Avoid. Post, Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, Syncline, Columbia Hills, and Nestor are open. 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. Whoopdee flowers are in full bloom. Hospital Hill and Syncline have ticks, oaks, and flowers. Columbia Hills is full of flowers and open to your bike. Definitely got a Tack Alert going on out there right now – lots of good dirt. It’s trail-building season. Get on the HRATS mailing list if you’d like to help out.  

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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.