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Thursday: lighter wind for the next few 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
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock sun buns super fun!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-13 13-16 17-20
Viento 16-19 16-19 13-16 17-20
Swell-Hood River 16-19 13-16 13-16 17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 5-10 LTW LTW
Rufus, etc. 10-13 5-10 LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 5-10 LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s an another lovely, sunny, windy morning here in the Gorge. So far, I’ve had no power outages and no crashing email servers, so the forecast *should* be on time today! Over the next few days, we’ll experience the loss of our friendly wind-aiding marine layer. Pressure on the east side of the Cascades will rise as the inland ridge pushes northward from the Southwest. Lesser winds are the result of all this.

Looking at Thursday, we start with gradients of .08 and .02 and westerlies in the 16-19 range between Viento and The Hook. East of there: 10-13. Stevenson starts at 5-10. You’ll want to hop on the wind quickly if you want those speeds; heating will cause a drop by late morning. Today’s forecast is 13-16 most of the day between Stevenson and Swell, possibly to Hood River as well. Mosier may see 10-13, but locations to the east will drop to light/variable. It’s likely we’ll have a late evening bump to 17-20 between Stevenson and Mosier. River flow is 149kcfs. River temp is 69F. High temp forecast: 82F.

Similar weather is forecast on Friday. Clear sky starts the day with westerlies at 17-20 from Viento to Swell with 10-13 all the way east to Arlington. Stevenson: 10-13 for the wake-up session. Westerlies level out at 13-16 (or a touch less) between Stevenson and Hood River and hold until evening. East of there: light/variable wind. High temp: 85F for Hood River.

Lesser wind is forecast for Saturday; peak wind will be 11-14 early between Viento and Swell. After that Dawn Patrol session, the wind is likely to drop into the “light westerly” range, which means 10mph or less. Sunday starts out similarly. It does appear there will be a late evening push into the mid-20’s in the western Gorge, but the lateness of that session has been trending later and later. High temp: 91. The early part of next week brings a forecast of mid to upper 20’s. Enjoy!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Format: north coast/central coast/south coast, swell direction and period. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS. Thursday: 15/15-20/30-35+, SW swell 2′ at 13 seconds. Friday: 10-15/20-25/30-40, SW 1′ @ 13. Saturday: 20-25/25-30/30-35, SW 1′ @ 14. Jones Thursday: 17-20. Friday: 11-14. Saturday: 11-14. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 12-15. Saturday: 16-19.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky for Thursday. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps start in the upper 50’s and end in the mid 80’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be sunny and warmer. Temps start near 60 and end near 90. Moderate westerlies. Light westerlies or calm wind from mid-morning on. No rainbows.

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Cycling

SDS (Whoopdee, Underwood), BLC, HFM, DGS, and Kreps Land (Hospital Hill) are now closed until the end of fire season. It is also vital that people respect this closure to maintain positive relationships between the landowners and trail users.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, Columbia Hills, Gorge 400, Plains of Abraham / Ape Canyon. 44 Road: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks Meadows, 450 to the top, Underhill. Siouxon and Huffman Peak are “temporarily closed” due to wildfire last year.

Maple Road in Post Canyon is closed. DO NOT drive past the closed signs. If you do so, you will jeopardize TRAIL access for the entire summer. This is the road that runs to the west, just north of the Binns/Riorden intersection. Also, the trail from the bottom of Post Canyon to Seven Streams Staging Area is now closed. It’s on private land. Respect the closure.  

Local Events

The Hood River County Fair starts today and runs through Saturday. The Gorge Downwind Champs continue through this week. The village is based at the Skamania Co. Fairgrounds.

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 (source: Hood River County email) 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. 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. 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.  

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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.