Thursday: westerlies you’ll love, heat to make you sweat, KB4C for everyone!

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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 buns like warm sun
Steven’s Locks LTW 5-10 12-15 20-23
Swell-Hood River LTW 5-10 12-15 G20-23
Lyle to Doug’s LTW 5-10 12-15 20-23
Rufus, etc. LTW 5-10 12-15 20-23
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTW LTW 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

There’s not much wind to start the day, but don’t base your plans on the currently calm conditions. It will be windy later. Similar conditions are planned for this three-day stretch: light wind in the morning, and windy enough for you to play on the river in the afternoon. Remember that Kiteboard 4 Cancer (now open to ALL the wind sports!!!) is Friday-Sunday at the Event Site. The beach is open for launching/landing for participants, but not for the general public. The general public, however, is totally welcome to come hang out and enjoy the festivities!

Thursday’s forecast starts with nearly calm conditions. Thank the desert heat and slightly increased afternoon pressure offshore for a thermal nudge upwards this afternoon. The wind will stay in the “light” zone through midday. Early afternoon westerlies rise to 12-15ish from Stevenson to The Dalles. Models suggest 19-23 from Stevenson to Rufus from mid-afternoon on through the evening. This particular setup doesn’t generally play out well at Swell (gusty, lesser strength wind), but there should be plenty of other options. If you happen to be east of Rufus, you’ll only find 10-13. River flow readings are 164-242kcfs, river temp is 63F, and high temp forecast is 77F and muggy.

A deeper marine layer starts your Friday as does slightly increased offshore pressure. A weak weather system slides through in the afternoon. Daybreak westerlies will be in the 7-10 range. They’ll rise to 13-16 midday from Stevenson to Doug’s with 7-10 at Rufus. Afternoon westerlies will be in the 20-23 range from Stevenson to Rufus with 16-19 at Swell and 7-10 east of Rufus. High temp: 78F under sunny sky.

Another little weather system is forecast for Saturday. Offset that with much-increased offshore pressure. Ignore the light wind start (7-10mph). By late morning, westerlies pick up to 22-25 from Viento to The Dalles. Models suggest 24-27 from Stevenson to Arlington in the afternoon with Swell likely to underperform. High temp: 79F under sunny sky. That’s just about perfect for Kiteboard 4 Cancer!

Looking out into the extended forecast, we have 17-20ish on Sunday followed by hot weather and easterlies Monday and Tuesday. Westerlies return with a vengeance on Wednesday and Thursday. Hold that forecast lightly, as it could change, but the general setup looks good for the middle of next week.  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Thursday: LTW/LTW/LTW, W swell 3′ at 10 seconds. Friday: NNW10-15/NNW10-15/NNW10, W 2′ @ 9. Saturday: NW10/NW10/N15-20, W 2′ @ 9. (Bonus: looks windy on the coast Sunday and Monday, when it will be hot in the Gorge). Jones Thursday: 7-10. Friday: 16-19. Saturday: 11-14. Sauvie’s Thursday: 7-10. Friday: 8-1. Saturday: 11-14.  

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


Hood River Weather Forecast

Intermittent high clouds stick around today. Temps will be near 60 early and in the upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be mostly clear to start and sunny later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be sunny all day. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind early. Moderate to strong westerlies in the afternoon. 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! This weekend (Friday-Sunday) is Kiteboard for Cancer at the Hood River Event Site. The Oregon 12/24 hour mountain bike race takes place in Bend this weekend.

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! Falls Creek is open. All the 44 Road trails are open with a couple of caveats: Lookout Mountain and Cooks Meadow still have some blowdown and a few patches of snow. Plains of Abraham is open. 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.