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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
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock too wet for buns
Steven’s Locks LTV LTV G10-14 G10-14
Viento LTV LTV G10-14 G10-14
Swell-Hood River LTV LTV G10-14 G10-14
Lyle to Doug’s LTV LTV G10-14 G10-14
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV G13-16 G13-16
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV G13-16 G13-16

Gorge Wind Forecast

The main focus of today’s weather will be the rain and thundershowers. Steadier westerlies return on Sunday afternoon. Monday looks perfectly calm, and then we’re looking at a day or two of easterlies. Looking closer at Saturday – we have a strong cold front swinging though. After it moves east, we’re left with instability. Light and variable wind starts the day. Around noon, westerlies pick up to gusty, intermittent 10-14 in the western Gorge and gusty, intermittent 13-16 east of The Dalles. Heavy showers, possible thunder, and a chance of hail accompany the wind. River flow is 74,000cfs, river temp is 68F, and high temp forecast is for 63F. Signs are posted at the Hood River waterfront – the sewage plant had an “oops”, and there could be raw sewage in the water. Avoid.

Sunday starts with another round of rain. That fades to showers as the system moves through and offshore high pressure rebuilds. Westerlies starts with gusty 11-14 from Stevenson to Rufus. That’s pretty much the story for the western Gorge all day. From Lyle or Avery eastward, the wind picks up to 22-25+ in the afternoon. High temp: 61F. Showers and thunderstorms are possible again on Sunday afternoon, so the wind could be unreliable.

Monday looks light and variable or totally calm. High temp:70F. Easterlies build to 25-30 on Tuesday. Wednesday likely starts with easterlies, but a weather system approaching in the afternoon will bring the westerlies back. Enjoy today’s rain!!!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Saturday: SW15-20/SW15-20/S10-20, W swell 8′ @ 9 seconds. Sunday: W5-10/W5-10/N10-15, W 10′ @ 12. Monday: N10/N15-20+/30-35, W 7′ @ 12. Jones Saturday-Monday: LTW. Sauvie’s Saturday: W10-15. Sunday: W8-12. Monday: N8-11.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Steady rain this morning gives way to widespread showers, possible thunderstorms, downpours, and possibly small hail this afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 60’s later. Light westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Sunday starts rainy and turns showery with same stuff as Saturday. Temps will be near 50 early and in the low 60’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy / Nothing to start with sunshine later. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and near 70 in the afternoon. Light and variable wind. No rainbows.

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Cycling

Dirt Surfer bridge has been replaced and the trail is open again! As for the trails closed due to fire season, people are naturally wondering when trails will reopen. It’s usually not the first rain that does it – fire season needs to be over, not just dampened. Wait for clear direction from landowners!

SDS (Whoopdee, Underwood), BLC, HFM, DGS, and Kreps Land (Hospital Hill) are now closed until the end of fire season. It is also vital that people respect this closure to maintain positive relationships between the landowners and trail users. DNR land in Eastern Washington (Buck Creek / Nestor Peak) is all closed to recreation due to fire danger. Columbia Hills is now closed to fire danger.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, Gorge 400, Plains of Abraham / Ape Canyon. 44 Road: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks Meadows, 450 to the top, Gunsight, Underhill. Siouxon has reopened, but it is burned and heartbreaking according to trip reports.  

Local Events

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 went into effect on 7/16. No more motorized use in Post Canyon trails. Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. They have an all-genders ride at 6pm on Wednesday, end of the pavement on Post Canyon Road. Their shop road ride leaves at 9am on Saturday for a 2 hour ride. Dirty Fingers has the Post n’ Pint on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm from the shop. They also have the women’s Post n’ Pinot Wednesday evening at 5:30pm from the shop. Oregon E-Bikes has ladies’ rides at 7:30am Sunday and Monday. The Small Boat Group does paddles every Thursday evening at 6pm at the Hatchery.

Other weekly events. Normally on Tuesday night there’s meditation with the Pacific Hermitage Monks at 5:15 (1 hour) and 6:30 (30 minutes followed by a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. In-person meditation is on “pause” due to the recent Covid surge. It will happen on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube page at 6:30. Triathlon practice with the Tri Club is Tuesday at 6pm at West Mayer State Park. Sailboat races happen Wednesday night from the Hood River Marina. There are also lesser races on Friday nights. Cheno’s workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10). Families in the Park starts August 5th at Jackson Park and runs for several weeks on Thursday evening.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/he pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.