Saturday. Sorry this is late. I was sick as a dog at 6am. =( Hope you don’t catch this…

Random Morning Thoughts

Sorry for the late forecast today. This morning when my alarm went off at 6am, I woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. The world was spinning. I was sure I was going to hurl if I tried to sit up, so I went back to sleep. I still don’t feel great, thanks for asking, but at least I’m upright. I’m going back to bed after I finish this. May you not catch whatever I have.

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Gorge Wind

It’s quite glassy out there this morning, and it will stay glassy for much of the day today, probably picking up just a bit, maybe to 8-13, but probably not that much, this afternoon from Stevenson to Mosier.

Tomorrow starts out with either glassy conditions or westerlies at 5-10 or less as low pressure off the coast kills the morning gradient. The light wind will hold through much of the morning, picking up to 13-16 after 2pm, and picking up to 15-18 late in the day as that low pressure moves east.

Monday looks a little confusing: high pressure offshore, more marine layer, onshore flow above, but models are showing little to no wind through the Gorge. Guess we’ll have to wait for the next set of model runs…

Out on the coast, expect (north/central/south) 10-15/20-25/25-30, NW 6’@7 today. Tomorrow: light/light/20-30, NW 5@7. Monday: 15-20, 20-25, 20-25, NW 5@8.


Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks light wind on your skin
Steven’s Locks light light 5-10 8-13
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) light light 5-10 8-13
Doug’s, etc. light light light light
Rufus, etc. light light light light
Roosevelt, etc. light light light light
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

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Gorge Weather

Temps are in the mid 60’s this morning and will rise to the mid 80’s this afternoon with sunny skies. Tomorrow starts with sunshine and temps in the upper 50’s. We’ll probably see some clouds in the afternoon as this low pressure moves inland. High temps will be around 80. Monday looks sunny with temps in the mid 50’s early and mid 80’s in the afternoon.

White Sprinter Vans of the Day- there are actually 3 in this photo


Road and Mountain Biking

No news is good news, I guess. Apparently I really need a day off, because I said that Syncline was closed the last two days. Syncline, of course, is not closed due to fire danger. Whoopdee, Puke Hill and Hospital Hill are all closed due to fire danger. The dirt is currently dusty, but the roads are in great shape, and with light wind today and tomorrow morning, you’ll want to be out shredding the pavement if that’s your thing.

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River Levels / Cheezburger update

The John Day Dam is reading 118-124kcfs. The Dalles Dam is putting out 128kcfs. The White Salmon is just below 2′. If you plan on running the White Salmon yourself, remember that there is a riverwide log about 150 yards below Cave Wave. The Columbia River is 72 degrees. I think Cheezburger may have been eaten by the snowy owl, because I haven’t heard from him in days.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

Local events today include the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty, happening all day at Home Valley Park. Swing by and hear some lecture by prominent Sasquatch experts, swing by the beer garden, and listen to some music. And remember, it is against the law to harm a Bigfoot in Skamania County.

Today and tomorrow is the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. There’s course racing today in the light wind, and tomorrow they’ll be running the downwind race from Viento.

Today is also the Oregon Enduro Race in Ashland, so our trails will be a little less crowded. And if biking’s not your thing, remember that the Hood River Running Club has a trail run every Saturday morning at 8 at Post Canyon.

Finally, if you need something to do tonight, Movies in the Park in Hood River is showing the movie Holes.

Have an awesome day today!


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.