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Thursday-Friday: wind Thursday, rain Friday, brown pow coming soon!

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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
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock three day bun break
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 10-13 G14-18? G14-18?
Rufus, etc. G10-13 G14-17+ G23-27 G23-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 14-17 G18-22 G23-27 G23-27

Gorge Wind Forecast

Feisty Juneuary weather is the story for the next few days. By “feisty”, I mean a series of lows and fronts and disturbances will move through the Northwest. That’ll disrupt your wind, and it’ll also give your forecaster a chance to take Friday off!

Looking at Thursday, it’s your best chance in the next 72 hours to get on the river. Gradients start at 0.09 (pdx-dls) and 0.10 (dls-psc) with 1028mb offshore. A strong cold front approaching in the offshore waters adds gustiness to the mix. Morning westerlies will generally be in the 10-15 range all the way from Viento to Arlington with 5-10 at Stevenson. West of The Dalles, the wind holds in the 9-13 range all day. It’s possible that Rowena/Doug’s/Lyle could pick up to gusty 15-18 this afternoon, but those locations will be right on the edge of the windy zone. From The Dalles to Boardman, you’ll find gusty 23-27 between 11am and 4:30pm or so. It’s unlikely the Maryhill stretch will be “the right direction”, so plan on an extended drive. Wind speeds plummet late afternoon. River flow is 210kcfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 67F.

Friday is going to be wet and rainy. Make other plans than windsports. Westerlies will be just 9-12 early in the day from Stevenson to Celilo. They’ll go calm in the western Gorge as soon as the rain hits… just after sunrise. East of The Dalles, you’ll find very gusty 10-15 until the afternoon when rain moves east of The Dalles as well. High temp: 64F.

Saturday’s wind looks light easterly or calm almost all day long. Add to that high humidity and temps in the 70’s for a day conducive to flat-water anything! Late in the afternoon or early in the event, the wind picks up to 10-13. Sunday will be calm, super-muggy, and quite warm. Westerlies at gusty 19-22 arrive east of Hood River in the evening. Have a great day on the river!  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Thursday: SW15-20/SW15-20/S10-15, NW swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Friday: S30-35/S30-35/S25-30, SW 10′ @ 10. Saturday: LTW/LTW/S10, W 6′ @ 10. Jones Thursday-Saturday: light. Sauvie’s Thursday-Saturday: light and variable.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear and then cloudy. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid to upper 60’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks rainy all day. Temps will be near 50 early and in the low-mid 60’s in the afternoon. Calm wind. 3% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks mostly cloudy in the morning and cloudy later. Rain early gives way to drizzle then sprinkles. Muggy. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 70’s later. Calm wind. 23% chance of rainbows.

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Cycling

From the 44trails.org website… Open trails: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks (to 1.5 miles above the 4410 road), 450 to the junction with 15 mile, Underhill. Post Canyon: the trail from the bottom of Post Canyon to Seven Streams Staging Area is now closed. It’s on private land. Respect the closure. Surveyor’s Ridge: clear of snow and trees. Other 44 Road Trails: clearing in progress. Cows are out on Hospital Hill. No parking at the corral. No dogs on the trails. No exceptions. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they let us use their land, and in return, we respect their rules! New Whoopdee: open. Other news: Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. 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.  

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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.