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Sunday: gusty westerlies today, rain the next two days.

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The Forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
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Viento read the forecast discussion
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Lyle to Doug’s read the forecast discussion
Rufus, etc. read the forecast discussion
Roosevelt & Arlington read the forecast discussion

Gorge Wind Forecast

Very gusty, nearly unpredictable westerlies are on tap for the next few days as weather systems roll through the area. Plenty of rain will fall between Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon before the weather turns dry again on Wednesday.

Sunday starts with solid gradients of 0.09 (pdx-dls) and 0.06 (dls-psc). Westerlies are in the up-and-down 20-23 range between Viento and Hood River with 13-16 to the east and 5-10 at Stevenson. Models suggest the wind will fall to gusty 12-16 west of Lyle and east of The Dalles by late morning. That in-between section will likely be in the 8-12 range. From then on, we’ll see rather random bursts of stronger wind that last 1-3 hours in various parts of the Gorge. Best advice? Stick close to Hood River. River flow is 55,800cfs, river temp is 65F, and high temp forecast is 75F.

Monday just looks rainy. The rain falls all the way to the eastern Gorge. In the morning, the wind will be focused west of Wyeth at W 10-15mph between Rooster and Bonneville Dam. In the afternoon, that front swings through. Westerlies rise to gusty 16-23 for an hour or two around that passage; the windy zone move rapidly from west to east. Models hint at a period of stronger wind in the evening east of The Dalles. That said, models also hint at the possibility of thunder in the desert, so… it’s questionable. Timing will be everything. High temp: 64F.

Rain continues to fall in the west on Tuesday. An unstable atmosphere persists, wreaking havoc with the forecast. Westerlies starts at 12-15 in the east and 5-10 in the west. By late morning, the wind builds to gusty 12-15 from Swell to Rowena with gusty 18-22 in the east. If the timing works out, we could see gusty 22-27 east of The Dalles in the afternoon. High temp: 59F. The weather dries out on Wednesday, and the wind dries up, leaving us with a light and variable day.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Sunday: S35-45/S30-35/S15-25, combined seas 8′ @ 14 seconds becoming 11′ @ 13 seconds. Monday: S15-25/S10-15/S5-10, W 8′ @ 10 becoming 17′ @ 14. Tuesday: W10-15/W10-15/LTV, W 14′ @ 13. Jones Sunday/Monday: LTV. Tuesday: W 5-10. Sauvie’s Sunday: S 10. Monday: S10 → W 10. Tuesday: S 10.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky stays that way and picks up high clouds in the evening. Rain moves in overnight. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Monday looks cloudy and rainy. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks drizzly and mostly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 50’s later. Moderate westerlies. Chance of thunder. 99% chance of rainbows. Snow level 5000′-5500′.

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Cycling

SDS and Kreps lands have reopened as of yesterday. Washington DNR land had already reopened. All other trails are open at this time. Motorized use is still not allowed in areas where it was closed due to fire season. In other news… thanks to last week’s rain, the dirt is nearly perfect in most places. More rain is coming, so get ready for more brown pow!  

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.