Thursday: grab this excellent stretch of west wind for the holiday weekend!

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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
Rooster Rock cooler sunny bun tan time
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-13 13-16 13-16
Swell-Hood River 10-13 13-16 13-16 17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 5-10 10-13 17-20
Rufus, etc. 10-13 5-10 5-10 5-10
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies of some sort stick around between today (Thursday) and Sunday. They’ll back off Monday, but may still be strong enough for lighter-wind watersports. We do have a chance of wind-disrupting instability Saturday. Read on for more details.

Let’s look at Thursday. The day starts cloudy in the metro area and sunny in the Gorge with a 0.06 gradient between Portland and The Dalles. Westerlies are generally in the 10-13 range with light/variable wind east of Rufus. Wait until the afternoon for best results. Heat in the desert combines with offshore high pressure at 1028mb for increased gradients. Midday, the wind picks up to 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier with light wind to the east. Afternoon: 17-20 from Hood River to Doug’s with 13-16ish from Stevenson to Swell and light/variable wind east of The Dalles. River flow is 236-364kcfs, river temp is 60F, and high temp forecast is 83F.

Friday morning brings deeper marine clouds to the metro area. This gives the desert a jump on heating and increases the gradients. Add in offshore high pressure at 1030mb or so. Dawn Patrol will be 24-27 from Viento to Mosier with 13-16 near Rowena and 8-11 in the eastern Gorge. Stevenson, under the clouds, will probably be 5-10. Midday westerlies pick up to 25-29 from Viento to Mosier. Gradients gobble up more range in the afternoon; everywhere between Stevenson and Arlington rises to 24-27. Models do hint at an early afternoon lull between Viento and Swell. Plan accordingly. High temp: 81F.

An upper low moves towards the Oregon Coast form the north on Saturday. This turns upper flow southerly. Atmospheric instability is likely, at least above a low-level cap. Essentially, gradients across the Gorge look good enough for 18-22 to start and 24-28, possibly more, in the afternoon. The focus of the strongest wind will be between Viento and The Dalles, but models do hint at widespread west wind all the way from Stevenson to Arlington in the afternoon. If that low-level cap doesn’t break, the wind will stay consistent and reliable all day. If it breaks, expect it to falter and become spotty. High temp: 79F.

Sunday’s forecast is currently 26-30 with the focus east of Hood River. Best wind quality will be in the afternoon. Monday: lighter, perhaps 14-17. Temps Sunday and Monday max out near 70F. Looks like a good stretch of wind if you time it right. Enjoy!  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Thursday: 15/15/25-30, SW swell 2′ @ 15. Friday: NW10/N10-15/30-35, SW 2′ @ 15. Saturday: NW10-15/NNW10-15/N25-30, SW 2′ @ 15. Jones Thursday: 20-23. Friday: 5-18. Saturday: 21-24. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 12-15. Saturday: 11-14.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – Back on vacation until next fall


Hood River Weather Forecast

Thursday will be mostly sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 80’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be clear in the morning and overcast in the afternoon with a shot at rain and a slight chance of thunder overnight. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Strong westerlies. 1% chance of 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!

Coming up this weekend, it’s the CGW2 swap meet at Lot 1 on Sunday. On Saturday, Pacific Hermitage has a garden party and potluck.

Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle at 6pm on Thursday at the Hatchery. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30 when Post is not too wet to ride. The women’s Post-and-Pinot ride is Wednesday evening at 5:30.  


Lots of perfect dirt out there right now! All the 44 Road trails are open. Lookout Mountain and Cooks Meadow still have some blowdown and a few patches of snow. Plains of Abraham is open, but Ape Canyon trail has received no maintenance this year. Also, the road connecting Plains of Abraham to Smith Creek closes at noon Monday-Friday and will not be open to bikers during that time. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. Starting now, you will need a parking pass to park at Post Canyon. This money will support trails. Hospital Hill: cows are out – no dogs allowed. Underwood: do not enter areas that are closed due to logging operations.  

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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.