Thursday: windy today. you’ll have to find other rad things to do this 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 too cloudy for nakedness
Steven’s Locks 12-15 15-18 21-24 21-24
Swell-Hood River 15-18 17-20 21-24 21-24
Lyle to Doug’s 18-22 22-25 24-27 24-27
Rufus, etc. 24-27 21-14 24-27 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 22-25 18-22 18-22 18-22

Gorge Wind Forecast

Marine clouds made it past Hood River this morning, and the west wind responded by picking up all through the Gorge. Get it today, because wind sports probably aren’t on the table for this weekend except for a slight chance late in the day on Saturday. Let’s look at what’s going on.

Thursday morning starts with much cooler air than we’ve seen in a long while. That cooler air, rather than staying on the west side where it belongs, pushed all the way out to the desert overnight. This does a couple of things: first, it sets us up for a 17-20 start basically everywhere through the Gorge. Next, it’s going to limit max wind speeds by limiting desert heating.

So… pressures are 30.01, 29.92, and 29.86 for gradients of .09 and .06 to start the day. That’s a gentle hint that you should be somewhere between Swell and Rufus for best results. So, expect gusty 16-20 from Stevenson to Hood River to start the day with 21-24 from Mosier to Arlington. The Maryhill stretch tends to overperform early; it’ll be 24-27, probably fall a little bit midday, and return this afternoon. Speaking of afternoon, we should see 21-24 from Stevenson to Hood River by late morning with the wind holding through early evening. Mosier to Rufus: 24-27. Arlington: 18-22. River flow readings are 110-158kcfs, river temp is 70F, and high temp forecast is 77F for Hood River and 82F for Arlington.

In an interesting twist to start Friday, the metro area and Willamette Valley will be warmer than the desert. This starts the day with light easterlies, perhaps 10-15mph max. The wind goes calm by late morning as the desert heats up. The Gorge struggles to produce any wind, but we could see late afternoon or evening thermals at 10-13mph between Stevenson and Hood River.

Saturday starts with light westerlies, dips to light/variable midday, and returns at perhaps 11-14 from Stevenson to Hood River late in the day. Sunday’s currently carrying a forecast of “light and variable”. An upper low currently parked off the southern Oregon coast moves north early next week and messes with our wind. Models hint that it’ll open up and move away during the middle of the week, potentially giving us a stronger wind day. Until then… enjoy what we’ve got today and make light-wind plans for the weekend!  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Thursday: 15-20/20-25/30-35, NW swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Friday: 15-20+/15-20+/30-35, NW 4′ @ 10. Saturday: 15-20+/2-25/25-30, NW 4′ @ 8. Jones Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 20-23. Saturday: 13-16. Sauvie’s Thursday: 11-14. Friday: 13-16. Saturday: 10-13.  

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


Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 60’s (open windows) early and mid-upper 70’s later (open? Closed?). Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be clear. Temps start in the low 50’s and rise to the mid 80’s. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Saturday will be clear all day. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and near 90 later. Light 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! 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. The women’s Post-and-Pinot ride is Wednesday evening at 5:30.  


Falls Creek is open. 44 Road trails are open. Plains of Abraham is open. 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. If you’re riding Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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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.