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Tuesday: a few days of wind, and then a few days of blazing heat.

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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 tan buns man
Steven’s Locks 13-16 22-25 22-25 22-25
Swell-Hood River 22-25 22-25 22-25 G16-20
Lyle to Doug’s 13-16 16-20 22-25 22-25
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-20 20-23+ 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-20 20-23+ 24-27

Gorge Wind Forecast

Three or four days of westerlies are on tap, and then we get swept away into the no-wind zone by a giant crashing heat wave of epic proportions. Tuesday morning is starting with marine clouds inland to Kelso or so and a forecast of a weak disturbance pushing through in the afternoon. Morning wind will be the most reliable, and the most reliable place will be the western Gorge. 5am gradients of 0.12 (PDX-DLS) and 0.04 to the east indicate widespread westerlies. For the morning, you’ll find 13-16 at Stevenson early with 22-25 from Viento to Mosier. In response to that afternoon disturbance, westerlies drop to gusty 16-20 from Viento to Doug’s and pick up to 24-27 from Lyle to Arlington. Stevenson is likely to hold at 22-25; it doesn’t mind disturbances as much as some of the other launch spots. River flow is 186kcfs. River temp is 63. High temp forecast is 86F.

A very similar day is on tap for Wednesday. Deeper marine clouds may lend a hand and result in forecast-beating westerlies early. That said, let’s start the forecast with 21-24 from Viento to Mosier with 13-16 at Stevenson and 8-11 east of Mosier to Arlington. Hold that through 1pm or so. Another weak disturbance swings through in the afternoon. That drops the western Gorge wind to gusty 16-20ish and bumps Lyle to Arlington to gusty 22-26. High temp: 85F.

Thursday looks almost identical to Wednesday with two changes: it’ll be muggier, and it’ll be 5F hotter.

Looking at Friday, we see westerlies lingering in the teens. Weekend weather looks not-windy and above 100F. We can’t totally rule out easterlies at 10-15 for parts of both days, but we can’t totally rule them in either. Monday’s forecast is all over the place. High temps, for example, range from 95-110F. Enjoy the wind this week, and make plans to go up in elevation or somewhere cooler for the weekend.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Tuesday: NW10-15/N15-20+/LTV, NW swell 6′ at 9 seconds. Wednesday: NW10-15/N15-20/N10-15, W 5′ @ 9. Thursday: N15-20/N20-25+/NNE 20-30?, NW 5′ @ 9. Jones Tuesday: 18-21. Wednesday: 18-21. Thursday: 14-17. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 11-14. Wednesday: 11-15. Thursday: 15-18. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 11-14. Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 15-18.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky the first half of the day adds high clouds later with cumulus possible south from Parkdale south. Temps will be near 70 early and in the mid 80’s later. Muggy. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be sunny all day. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and 90F later. Muggy. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Hotter weather is scheduled Friday through Monday.

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Cycling

Trail guesses: Whoopdee, dry; Post,, mixed; 44 Road, good. Falls Creek: good. From the 44trails.org website… Open trails: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks (to 1.5 miles above the 4410 road), 450 to the junction with 15 mile, Underhill. Upper 450: patches of snow and 10 trees down.

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. Surveyor’s Ridge: clear of snow and trees. Other 44 Road Trails: clearing in progress. Cows are out on Hospital Hill. No parking at the corral. No dogs on the trails. No exceptions. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they let us use their land, and in return, we respect their rules! New Whoopdee: open.  

Local Events

Friday is “Pride in the Park” at the Hood River Waterfront Park. That’s a celebration of all people and stuff LGBTQPKIA+. The Strawberry Fields Ultramarathon is in Stevenson (?) on Saturday and Sunday.

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. Hatch laps are the latest thing they do.

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.  

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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.