Saturday. Sun. Sun. Good dirt. And Sprinter Vans getting to know each other. <3 <3 <3

Random Morning Thoughts

I wandered out into my garden this morning to look at my Fuzzy Face sunflowers and was sad to see powdery mildew on my squash. So I did a short stint on The Google and came up with this article discussing remedies for this nasty garden scourge. I have to say that I was surprised to see milk at the top of the list. Yes, milk. Dilute it 10:1, spray it on your plants, and poof, mildew be gone. Looks like a fun task for me today!

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Tomorrow’s forecast status:
Thank you Kristen B. for tomorrow’s report,
and thank you all for using this forecast!
Have a wonderful day!

Gorge Wind

It will be a good day for spraying diluted milk on your plants because it won’t be all that windy. Expect light wind early this morning, as a .06 (pdx-dls) gradient takes a bit of time in affecting the air molecules. By mid-morning, we’ll see 10-13 from Hood River to Mosier with 10-13 from Stevenson to Mosier by late morning. Late in the afternoon, the wind will pick up to 16-19 from Steven’s Locks to Doug’s, with a bit more wind overnight.

Sunday starts with 15-18 early, and, according to the models, fades quickly to light wind midday and a series of weather disturbances combine with a hot day in Portland to affect the gradient. I have decided to argue with the models and predict 10-14 all day with 17-20 possible for the sunset session. In other words I have about zero confidence in the predictions for tomorrow. What wind there is will be strongest from Stevenson to Mosier.

Monday starts with 15-18 or so and picks up to 22-25 late in the day, strongest from Stevenson to Hood River.

If you were out shredding yesterday at the Hatchery, Grant was taking photos from 3-6pm.

Out on the coast (yes, I remembered!), we’ll see the following wind (north/central/south): 15-20/20-25/30, NW 3-4’@7 seconds. Tomorrow 20/20-25/25-30, NW 4’@8 seconds. Monday 15/20/25, NW 6’@10 seconds.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks beautiful weather beautiful buns
Steven’s Locks light 5-10 10-13 16-19
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) light 10-13 10-13 16-19
Doug’s, etc. light 5-10 10-13 16-19
Rufus, etc. light light 5-10 10-13
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

It’s another beautiful sunny day, and the great outdoors is calling you. We’ll see temps in the mid 50’s this morning and low 80’s this afternoon. Yummy. Tomorrow starts with temps in the low 60’s, rising to the upper 80’s in the afternoon with a slight chance of t-storms over the Cascade crest. Monday looks nearly identical to Sunday.


White Sprinter Vans on a steak date at the Mesquitery!
White Sprinter Vans on a steak date at the Mesquitery!

Road and Mountain Biking

Reports from yesterday said that Post was still perfect from the rain. So you can go ride it today. You can also ride the trails off the 44 Road, which should be good. You CANNOT ride or hike Whoopdee, East Ridge or Hospital Hill until the end of fire season. Those trails are on private land, and the landowners, generous enough to let us use them for most of the year, have closed them due to fire danger. Please respect their wishes.

And… it’s light wind out there today, so your road bike is calling. Some entity patched all the potholes on the part of Lake Branch Road up to the Wahtum Lake turnoff, so that might be a very nice road ride today.


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River Levels / Cheezburger update

The White Salmon is at 2.25′. Cheezburger will be rafting on the White Salmon today with Wet Planet. He would really like to guide you. The Klickitat is at 967cfs. The John Day dam is putting out 160-180kcfs and The Dalles dam is reading 152kcfs. Columbia river temp is 68.9 degrees at The Dalles Dam.


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

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, check out the Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest happening in Stevenson today with the best amateur kiteboarders competing. Tomorrow is the blowout race with both windsurfers and kiters doing 17 miles from Stevenson to Hood River. Cascade Locks is hosting the Gorge Dinghy Invitational this weekend with all sorts of small sailboat racing.

At 8 this morning and every Saturday morning, the Hood River Running Club meets at the bottom of Post Canyon Road for a trail run. The Hood River County Fair wraps up tonight, and White Salmon has a block party happening this afternoon.

Coming up tomorrow, there’s free community yoga at Yoga Samadhi at 9, there’s ping pong at the Hood River armory at 3, and there’s pickup rugby in mosier at 3.

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.