Thursday: a couple of nice fall days. Next chance for significant wind is Saturday afternoon. Cross your fingers, please.

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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
Iwash (Rooster) Rock blue sky buns fry
Stevenson LTW 10-13 10-13 LTE
Viento 17-20 13-16 10-13 LTE
Swell-Hood River LTV 13-16? 10-13 LTE
Lyle to Doug’s LTV LTV E15-20 E15-20
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV E15-20 E15-20
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV E15-20 E15-20

Gorge Wind Forecast

Good morning, everyone! Fall is settling right in here in the Gorge, and that means we’re (mostly) counting on weather system rather than thermals to bring our wind. Our next best chance for all-inclusive action is a short-lived round of westerlies Saturday afternoon. After that, we’re heading into a wet period dominated by offshore low pressures systems. Not ideal.

Thursday starts with pressures of 30.10/30.04/30.00 for gradients of 0.06 and 0.04. That’s not a bad start, and Viento agrees: dawn patrol wind was 17-20 there this morning. Models hint at 13-16 from Stevenson to Swell for a couple hours this morning before a fade. A cold low in the desert combines with warmer temps on the west side for afternoon easterlies at 15-20 east of Hood River. West of Mosier, the wind will be light easterly in the afternoon. River flow yesterday was 60-107kcfs, river temp is 67F, and high temp forecast is 74F.

Friday will be light and variable and 75 degrees. End of story. Saturday starts out calm. A cold front in the afternoon drives a burst of gusty westerlies in the low to mid 20’s. That wind is likely to be between Stevenson and Avery. High temp: 70ish.

After Saturday, we move into the dreaded Offshore Low Pressure setup. Not much wind is forecast for a while. What wind we do get will be driven by frontal system and thus gusty. Somewhere along the line we will hopefully have a low cross the Cascades and give us a bit day out east. Fingers crossed. No sign of that yet, but I hope it happens. I feel the pull of Blalock to Arlington! Have a great day!  


Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Wind speed in knots. Direction Northerly unless otherwise noted for Coast. Westerly for Jones. Northerly for Sauvie Island. Sauvie Island wind sensor:, but it’s done for the season! Coast: North/Central/South, waves. Wave forecast provided by NWS. Thursday: 15/10-15/25-30, NW swell 7′ @ 11 seconds. Friday: LTW/LTW/N10, NW 4′ @ 10. Saturday: SW15-20/S20/SW5-10, NW 4′ @ 10. Jones Thursday: 13-16. Friday: LTW. Saturday: LTW. Sauvie Island Thursday: 11-14. Friday: LTV. Saturday: SW 15-20 briefly in the late afternoon.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning adds some mid-level clouds later. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 70’s this afternoon. Light westerlies early. Light easterlies later. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny all day. Temps start in the mid 40’s and rise to the mid 70’s. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Saturday will be partially high overcast and then high overcast. Temps start in the upper 40’s and rise to the upper 60’s. Calm wind in the morning. Moderately strong westerlies in the late afternoon. No rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

The Post Canyon AirJam is September 30th at Extended Play.

Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. The Tri Club has their weekly workout at Mayer Park at 6pm on Tuesday. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. Paddle folks (OC/Surfski) meet at the Hatch Thursday evenings for laps. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing.

Regular bike rides (thanks to the Hood River Area Trail Stewards for collecting). Tuesday is Mountain View’s ride. Meet at 5:45pm on Post Canyon Drive where the pavement ends. Wednesday is the Evo/Kickstand all-ability, no-drop Post Canyon ride. 5:30 from the shop or join along the way. All abilities welcome. Thursday is Mountain View’s women’s ride. 5:30pm, Seven Streams Trailhead. No drop. Thursday is also the Dirty Fingers Post and Pint. 5:30 from the shop or later at Family Man. This is hardcore, race-pace. Saturday morning is the Mountain View road/gravel ride. Two hours. 12-14mph average speed. Starting May 6th, Oregon Ebikes has the women’s ride at 8:30am. Meet at Seven Streams parking lot for a 1.5 to 2 hour ride.  


As of September 9th, Hospital Hill has reopened. No official word yet on Whoopdee and Underwood. All trails on the 44 Road are now open. There is a fire near Boulder Lakes, and that area is closed. Plains of Abraham is open. If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

Valuable Advice for Gardeners Inhabiting Neighboring Areas

Valuable Advice for Gardeners Inhabiting Neighboring Areas: powdery mildew is making an appearance in local gardens. It’s a real PITA. You could spray sulfur on it, but there’s a better solution. Quite a bit of research has been done on milk. Yes, milk. Spray a solution of 40% milk on your squash, cukes, melons, calendula, and other susceptible plants. Do this weekly. You can alternate with a baking soda solution:1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid non-detergent soap, and 1 gallon of water. Don’t forget to spray the undersides of the leaves. Also helpful: pruning plants so they get plenty of air flow. Happy gardening.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/them pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and loves gardening. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.