Tuesday: delightfully windy and pleasantly cool all week long.

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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 cooler sunny bun tan time
Steven’s Locks 15-18 23-26 23-26 19-23
Swell-Hood River 25-28 25-28 20-23 G16-19+
Lyle to Doug’s 15-18 18-23 25-28 20-23+?+
Rufus, etc. 15-18 18-23 25-28 25-29+
Roosevelt & Arlington 15-18 18-23 25-28 25-29+

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s not the ideal cooldown setup, but despite that, it’s starting out plenty windy. If today isn’t accessible to you, we’ll have moderate westerlies tomorrow and lighter wind on Thursday. Models hint at moderate to strong wind Friday, strong wind Saturday, and an unclear and changing outcome for Sunday but a near certainty you’ll be driving east for whatever wind shows up.

Gradients at 6am Tuesday morning were 0.14 (pdx-dls) and 0.11 (dls-psc) signaling that there should be plenty of wind. And guess what? There is! One caveat: a weak and dry and not-even-noticeable cold front moves in this afternoon and likely has some detrimental effects on the wind. Gradients shrink a bit later as the heat low shifts to northern Idaho. All that said, early morning wind was in the 25-30 range between Viento and Hood River with 17-21 to the east. Stevenson was bouncing all over the place with 15ish as the average. If you want the Corridor, get it in the morning. 25-28 is the call through early afternoon. Areas as far east as Rufus will join at 25-28 with Arlington climbing to 20-23 by late morning. As that cold, dry front approaches the coast this afternoon, the wind will likely dip in the west. Call it 16-19 from Stevenson to Hood River with a shot at continued stronger wind from Mosier to Doug’s. From The Dalles to Threemile this afternoon, you’ll find gusty 25-29+ with 22-25 at Boardman. River flow is 350-399kcfs (still a lot for the Rufus area), river temp is 60F, and high temp forecast is 77F.

Wednesday starts with marine clouds all the way to Hood River. They will clear out. Morning wind will be 14-17 from Stevenson to Arlington. It’ll dip a little mid-morning but come back at 21-24 in the afternoon from Hood River to Rufus with 16-19 at Stevenson and 10-13 east of Rufus. High temp: 78F.

Models suggest strong offshore high pressure and minimal westerly gradients across the Gorge on Thursday. Models often underestimate westerlies in this setup. As of this morning, they’re calling for 7-10 morning and evening with a period of calm wind midday. We’ll probably do better than that. Looking longer range, Friday brings low 20’s, Saturday looks much stronger, and Sunday’s forecast has been bouncing all over the place. For the last few days, Sunday was looking like a super-nuker, but that outcome has faded from both the ensembles and the deterministic GFS. Sunday still looks windy, but you’ll be headed to the eastern Gorge to take advantage. Have a great windy week!  

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Tuesday: SW20/SW10-15/N5-10, NW swell 2′ at 6 seconds. Wednesday: LTW/NNW10/N30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Thursday: NNW15/NNW15/N30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Jones Tuesday: 7-10. Wednesday: 7-10. Thursday: 21-24. Sauvie’s Tuesday: SW 10-15. Wednesday: N 10-13. Thursday: N 9-12.  

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


Hood River Weather Forecast

Tuesday will be sunny. Temps start near 60 and max out in the upper 70’s. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be cloudy then clear. Temps start in the mid 50’s and end in the upper 70’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny. Morning temps will be in the mid 50’s and afternoon temps max out in the low 80’s. 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 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! All the 44 Road trails are open. Lookout Mountain and Cooks Meadow still have some blowdown and a few patches of snow. Plains of Abraham is open, but Ape Canyon trail has received no maintenance this year. 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.