Saturday: some wind for ya today

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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 clean air sandy buns
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 5-10 5-10 10-13 12-15
Lyle to Doug’s 5-10 5-10 10-13 12-15
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-20 22-25 22-25
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-20 22-25 22-25

Gorge Wind Forecast

Fishing boats are out in large numbers again this morning, which tells me that it’s not yet windy. Don’t despair – westerlies are coming. After today, though, we’re looking at an extended period of easterlies as Willy Valley heating outpaces desert heating.

For Saturday, we’ll start with 5-10 most places and 13-16 east of the Deschutes River. Give the PNW a bit of time to heat up, and you’ll find 12-15 in the west and 22-25 from Avery to Arlington. River flow is 59,200cfs, temp is 65, and high temp in Hood River is forecast to be 67.

Sunday starts with light and variable wind, delighting the Tri Club swimmers, the people fishing, and those of you who have a rowing shell. The wind picks up to E 15-20 from Rooster to Viento midday and holds. East of Viento, afternoon westerlies climb to 5-8mph. High temp: 73.

If you’re looking for stronger easterlies, aim for Monday. Rooster starts with 30-40, holds most of the day, and drops to 20-25 in the afternoon. Stevenson should see 25-30, and Viento will have 20-25. Afternoon wind drops about 10mph in the west and picks up to E 10-15 from Hood River to Arlington. Slightly lesser easterlies return for Tuesday.

Kiting is allowed again at the Marina. Event Site Launch-and-Land starts October 5th. Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you will be ticketed. Lyle: loved to death. Roosevelt: still closed due to wind damage from earlier this year. Mosier is only available to residents of 97040 (Mosier).    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Saturday: SW10/LTV/N15-20, W swell 7′ at 10 seconds. Sunday: 15-20/25-30/30-40, W 6′ @ 10. Monday: NNE15/NNE15/N10, W 5′ @ 15. Jones Saturday: 5-10. Sunday: calm. Monday: E 10. Sauvie’s Saturday: W5-10. Sunday: N10-13. Monday: E10.    

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky stays that way and maybe adds a few sprinkles. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 84% chance of rainbows. Sunday looks partly cloudy to start and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 70’s later. Light and variable wind early. Light easterly later. No rainbows. Monday will be sunny. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon. Light easterlies early. Moderate easterlies later. No rainbows. Dry weather sticks around for the rest of the week.     Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.    


9/26: Hood River County lands have reopened. 0.5” rain fell on Friday, 9/25 in Hood River. Trails will be muddy and slick. Ride them, and you are likely to damage them. Best to give them a day. Mt. Hood National Forest is closed to all uses due to windstorm damage (downed trees and power lines) from the Labor Day windstorm. Syncline/Coyote Wall: reopened. Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and Underwood are closed due to fire danger. Respect the closures. Try out some gravel riding instead!    

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Local Events

Weekly events: there are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday nights at 5:30pm. The small boat group has a friendly and distanced paddle on, I believe, Thursday nights. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Columbia High School in White Salmon at 6pm on Wednesday nights. That’s pretty much it for outdoor sports. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Wednesday evening at 6pm at 12th and May.    

Current Closures (may not be complete)

Mt. Hood National Forest (all closed). Gifford Pinchot NF west of Indian Heaven and south of the 90/30 Roads. Kreps, SDS, and other private timberlands. DNR and ODF lands. Many places in the scenic area. Completeish list here.

Have an awesome day!


By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.