Saturday: two more days of nukin’ westerlies

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock dappled sun on the buns
Steven’s Locks 10-13 13-16 23-26 23-26
Swell-Hood River 19-23 26-29 26-29 26-29?
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 13-16 16-20 26-29 28-32
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-20 26-29 28-32
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-20 23-26 26-29

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today and tomorrow are your last chance for nuking westerlies. Starting Monday, a low pressure system sets up offshore. Gradients decrease, and so do the strength and quality of the wind. Get it now!

For Saturday, we start with gradients of .11 and .03. River flow is 227kcf and temp is 63 degrees. FYI, the Vortex Paddle Series Race runs from Viento to Hood River today. Early gradients indicate the western Gorge will be favored today, but a cold front approaching in the afternoon could shift the action to the east.

For the early shift, we’ll have 19-23 from Viento to Mosier with 10-15 east and west of there. Westerlies pick up to 26-29 Viento to Doug’s (23-26 at Stevenson all day) from mid-morning on through early afternoon. The later session really depends on the impact of the cold front and the cloud burnoff in the west. Let’s not get too fancy and just call it 28-32 from Viento to Rufus with the potential for the Viento to Hood River stretch to drop to gusty 21-24 if the cold front has a deleterious impact. Arlington is questionable today – models disagree on whether it will hit 28-32 or stay in the 23-26 range.

The cold front swings inland Saturday night into Sunday, a process that has a tendency to negatively impact Gorge wind quality. We will have deeper marine clouds on Sunday morning, which will shift the wind eastward. Expect 12-15 from Stevenson to Hood River early with 22-25 from Mosier to Arlington. Models think the Stevenson to Hood River stretch will top out at gusty 21-24 on Sunday. Rowena to Three mile get 28-32 or so. With that front moving through, the wind could be both up-and-down and gusty.

Get it Sunday, because the dreaded upper level low moves into the coastal waters on Monday. Max wind drops to 16-19 for the start of the week. While we’ll still see onshore flow all week, the strength will be down significantly from the last two weeks. Some of you may appreciate that!

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Saturday: LTW/NW5/30-35, NW swell 5′ at 8 seconds. Sunday:LTNW/5-10/30-35, NW 5′ @ 7. Monday: 5-10/5-10/20-25, NW 5′ @ 10. Jones Saturday: 8-11. Sunday: 5-8. Monday: 5-8. Sauvie’s Saturday: 16-19. Sunday: 8-11. Monday: 5-8.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky stays that way today. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 70’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Sunday starts off with marine clouds – mostly cloudy. It will clear up in the afternoon in Hood River, but maybe not to the west. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Strong westerlies. 0.5% chance of rainbows. Monday looks partly cloudy early and sunny later. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Light west wind. No rainbows. Rainbow chances increase on Tuesday.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. 450 is open. I saw a Strava on Gunsight, so that’s open too with confirmed patches of snow. Logging has begun on Whoopdee, so the main loop is closed. Ronnoc trail will remain open, and so will the climb out. Other open trails: Post, Nestor, Columbia Hills, Hospital Hill, Dog River, Sandy Ridge, Syncline, and Falls Creek from the top. Lower Lewis River is open. Despite advice to the contrary, Red Hill Road was open to bikes on Saturday, 6/1. Proof is on The Strava. Red Hill Road is supposedly closed for logging. Ride at your own risk.

If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead any more as per request by SDS. Continue past the trailhead 0.5 miles or so to the new designated parking area. The cows are off Hospital Hill now!

Upcoming Events

Today’s community events include a group road bike ride at 8;45 from Mountain View Cycles and a free bootcamp workout at Sorosis Park in The Dalles at 10. Other events include the Gorge Ride from the Discovery Center, the Grand Opening of the Gorge Fly Shop, the Vortex Series downwind paddle race from Viento, the Wild Woman footrace in Trout Lake, Pups in the Park in Parkdale, and the Relay for Life Fund Run in The Dalles.

There’s a trail work party at Punchbowl Falls in Dee, and a brush clearing party in Post Canyon. That one meets at Family Man at 9;30. Bring loppers. There’s also a work party on the south end of the 170 trail. That one meets at Binn’s Hill Staging Area at 9am. Hood River Yacht Club’s opening day is today with free sailboat rides from 10 to 5.

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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.