Tuesday: a little less wind, a little more welcoming for folks of all skill levels! Also, I’m on call tonight, so not sure about my ability to do tomorrow’s forecast.

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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 morning clouds afternoon moons
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-13 15-18 11-14
Viento 15-18 15-18 20-23 20-23
Swell-Hood River 15-18 15-18 20-23 20-23
Lyle to Doug’s 7-10 10-13 18-21 20-23
Roosevelt & Arlington 15-18 11-14 7-10 LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Another fine day was had on the river yesterday! We’ll have a more moderate showing on the Columbia over the next few days. While models don’t agree on the exact setup for the end of the week and next weekend, they’re hinting at windy weather. Don’t forget that CGW2 has a swap meet on Sunday at Lot 1 on the Hood River Waterfront. Also, I’m on call tonight, so tomorrow’s forecast is a maybe.

But first, we’ve got Wednesday. Bandage up your blisters, rest up this morning, and plan for an afternoon on the river. The day starts with 5-15 all through the Gorge with Viento and Arlington at the top of the list. Pressures were 30.18/30.12/30.07 for gradients of .06 and .05. Eastern Gorge wind will fade to nothing by late morning or early afternoon. That leaves us with the west. We should have 15-18 from Viento to Mosier this morning with Stevenson joining after the clouds burn off.. Hang on a few more hours, and you’ll find 20-30 from Viento to Doug’s, or perhaps Hood River to Doug’s. Models suggest Stevenson will drop to 10-13 late afternoon or early evening. River flow yesterday was 378-419kcfs, river temp is 57F, and high temp forecast is 69F.

Wednesday starts off with 15-18 from Stevenson to Hood River, just enough for Dawn Patrol for some of you! Get it quickly. Mid-morning wind falls to 11-14. Wait, and then wait a little longer. Models suggest we’ll see a late afternoon bump to 20-23 from Mosier to Doug’s with 10-14 between Stevenson and Mosier. High temp on Wednesday will be in the mid 70’s. Thursday’s wind starts very light westerly or even calm. Afternoon wind picks up to 11-14 from Stevenson to Lyle. High temp: low 80’s. We start to see significant model disagreement on Friday. The consensus is a bit better over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend; models suggest cooler weather and stronger westerlies. That sounds good enough to make plans for a trip to the Gorge! See you soon!  


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. Tuesday: 15-20/20-25/35-45, NW swell 4-5 feet at 9 seconds. Wednesday: 15-20/20-25/30-40, W 3′ @ 9. Thursday: 15/15-20/30-35, NW 4′ @ 7. Jones Tuesday: 17-20. Wednesday: 19-22. Thursday: 15-18. Sauvie Island Tuesday: 11-14. Wednesday: 14-17. Thursday: 11-14.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky this morning stays that way. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be clear in the morning with scattered cumulus clouds in the afternoon. Temps start in the mid 40’s and rise to the mid 70’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be clear then mostly clear with those same scattered cumulus clouds. Temps start in the low 50’s and rise to the low 80’s. Calm to light wind early. Light 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! 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.