Thursday: gusty westerlies today and then a couple light days

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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 E10-15 E5-10 LTV LTV
Steven’s Locks LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23
Viento LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23
Swell-Hood River LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23
Lyle to Doug’s LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23
Rufus, etc. LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23
Roosevelt & Arlington LTE LTV G14-17 G20-23

Gorge Wind Forecast

All the fishing boats are lined up west of the White Salmon River this morning, a sign that there’s not much wind to start the day. That will change. You’ll have your chance for windsports this afternoon. It’s unlikely you’ll have another chance until Sunday, so get on it!

Thursday starts with a frontal system hung up to the west of us and rain falling to the northwest. While the rain will stay out of the Corridor, the wind will not. We’ll see a slow build to gusty 13-16, perhaps a touch more, from Stevenson to Rufus by early afternoon. In the later part of the afternoon, westerlies build to gusty 19-23 from Stevenson to Arlington. A period of gusty 24-27 is not out of the question east of Lyle. River flow is 91,900cfs, river temp is 65F, and high temp forecast for Hood River is 69F.

Moving on to Friday… high pressure takes over. The wind may start with light westerlies, but it will fade before you have a chance to drink your morning cup of caffeine. By afternoon, we’ll have east wind at 10mph from Stevenson to Viento with light wind everywhere else. High temp: 68F. Saturday starts with easterlies at 10-15 between Rooster and Viento. The wind goes calm midday and picks up to W 10-13 in the evening from Stevenson to Swell.

Models are now hinting at westerlies in the upper teens or low 20’s on Sunday. Remember… we started this conversation four days ago with a forecast of easterlies for Sunday. So… long range forecasts for Gorge wind… generally not all that reliable. Have a great day on the river today. And remember that there’s still non-conforming sewage water at The Hook.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Thursday: LTN/N5-10/25-30, W swell 7′ at 10 seconds building to 10′ @ 12. Friday: 20-25/20-25+/30-40, W 9′ @ 12. Saturday: 5-10/15-20/30-35, W 7′ @ 11. Jones Thursday/Friday: LTV. Saturday: 7-10. Sauvie’s Thursday: 12-15 briefly this afternoon. Friday: 11-14. Saturday: 5-10.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

Mt. Hood snow forecast returns sometime around the beginning of November.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky sticks around all day Thursday. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 60’s later. Light wind early. Moderate to strong later. No rainbows. Friday will be partly cloudy then clear. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and upper 60’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Saturday will be sunny and then high overcast. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 70’s later. Light easterlies early, calm wind midday, light westerlies in the evening. No rainbows.

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SDS and Kreps lands have reopened. Washington DNR land is also open now. 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

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/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.