Thursday: not so windy today or tomorrow. Don’t freak! The weekend looks good!

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The Forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
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Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s a beautiful, sunny day, but not much is happening in the way of wind today. Same for tomorrow, and add in a chance of thunder. The weather pattern shifts for Saturday onward, turns much windier, and drops about 10 degrees.

Thursday: not much happening in the wind world. You’ll find light and variable wind most of the day. That could turn to light westerlies west of Mosier, perhaps 5-10mph, but that’s about it. River flow yesterday was 346-392kcfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 80F. Friday’s wind looks light and variable through early afternoon. Thunderheads and instability could kick off westerlies at 11-14 from Stevenson to Mosier. Any wind that does come is likely to be unreliable and inconsistent thanks to the unstable atmosphere. High temp: 84F.

Saturday sees a deep push of marine air into the Gorge. Unstable air lingers east of The Dalles, so you’ll be best served closer in. And guess what? That’s the right spot: Dawn Patrol is forecast at 25-28 from Viento to Doug’s with teens at Stevenson and low 20’s east to Arlington. We’ll see a slight shift eastward late morning or early afternoon; this morning’s models suggest the Stevenson to Swell zone may become a bit unreliable. Do your downwinder early! If the wind dips, shift to the Hood River to Rufus region (still a LOT of current at Rufus) for 26-30 through dusk. We’ll take a closer look at this as we get near Saturday and see if we can pin down more details. All that said, ensembles agree that Saturday will be the windiest day of the five day stretch.

Current forecast for Sunday is 24-27 focused in the Corridor. We’ll stick with mid-20’s on Monday. Let’s leave it there for now and plan for a windy weekend!  


Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Wind speed in knots. Direction Northerly unless otherwise noted for Coast. Westerly for Jones. Northerly for Sauvie Island. North/Central/South, waves. Wave forecast provided by NWS. Thursday: 15-20/15-20/30ish, NW swell 4′ at 7 seconds. Friday: NW15/NW15/20ish, NW 4′ @ 7. Saturday: 15/15-20/20-25, NW 5′ @ 8. Jones Thursday: 11-14. Friday: 24-28. Saturday: 18-21. Sauvie Island Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 16-19. Saturday: 12-15.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Thursday starts sunny and finishes with cumulus and thunderheads. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and near 80 later. Light and variable wind. 0.1% chance of rainbows. Friday will be sunny to start then will add thunderheads and a chance of rain. Temps start in the mid 50’s and end in the mid 80’s. Calm wind or very light westerlies until early afternoon. Then a chance at light westerlies. 3% chance of rainbows. Saturday will be mostly cloudy to start then partly cloudy. Temps start in the mid 50’s and rise to the mid 70’s. Strong westerlies. 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! CGW2 has a swap meet on Sunday, May 28th at Lot 1 in Hood River. June 10th is the Gorge Adventure Race in White Salmon. Multi-discipline = multi-sport day.

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. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. 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.  


Eldorado has re-opened. Post is clear of snow to the top. Nestor Peak is clear of snow. Falls Creek isn’t even close! Current Post Canyon closures: 140/Blue Car Downhill and connections closed indefinitely. On weekdays, Upper GP, Lower GP, and the top of Baby GP are closed through approximately May 17th. Chorus, and FMS are currently closed and will reopen approximately May 11. Do not violate these closures. Post Canyon is a tree farm, and we ride there at the grace of Hood River County. Thank you!

Cows are in on Hospital Hill. That means dogs are no longer allowed. Even if your dog is cool. Even if you’re a local. Even if … you get the picture! Hospital Hill is private land. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they’re generous enough to let folks use that land, and dogs have been shot there before. Please don’t ride muddy trails, or you’ll do permanent damage. Always remember to consider gravel riding! 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: with cool weather in the forecast for at least a few days, it’s a great time to get more seeds in the ground. It’s also a great time to plant. Plants like cool weather. But maybe wait until after today’s windstorm, because plants don’t like nuking westerlies any more than you do! Those of you planting sweet potatoes (yes, you can grown them in the lowlands here) will want to plant those slips like you plant tomatoes – deep. Bury them up to their last set of leaves. They’ll make lots of roots, and lots of roots make for healthy plants that make lots of sweet potatoes. 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.