Tuesday: easterlies today. things get a lot more interesting starting Thursday!

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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
Iwash (Rooster) Rock E45-50 E45-50 E40-45 E30-35
Stevenson E30-35 E30-35 E25-30 E25-30
Viento E15-20 E20-25 E15-20 E15
Swell-Hood River LTE LTE LTE LTE
Lyle to Doug’s LTE LTE LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. LTE LTE LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Easterlies continue… Tuesday starts with pressures of 30.22/30.39/30.41 for east gradients of 0.17 and 0.02. Pre-dawn readings (thanks, iWind/iKite) were 52 at Iwash (Rooster) Rock, 34 at Stevenson, and 20 at Viento. The wind holds this morning and drops a little this afternoon. Stevenson falls to 25-30 and Iwash drops to 30-35. River flow yesterday was 102-162kcfs, river temp is 49F, and high temp forecast is 39F with sunshine. Be careful out there and keep an eye on your buddies. Wear a PFD and use safety gear. Before I forget… most of you have probably heard by now about Brandon Scheid’s paragliding accident. If you’d like to help with the cost of his treatment and recovery, please head to the gofundme page. Also, there’s a community prayer/moment of silence/meditation today at noon. You can find that on Sensi Grave’s Instagram.

Wednesday starts with 20-25 at Iwash and Stevenson. By early afternoon, the wind drops to 10-15 at Stevenson and “light” at Iwash. High temp: 41F under sunny sky. Thursday starts with 15mph at Iwash and Stevenson. The wind drops to “light” at Iwash and 10ish at Stevenson. High temp: 38F under cloudy sky with a rain/snow mix in the afternoon depending on location. Models have pretty much given up on the ginormous Sunday windstorm, sadly. They’re now calling for lesser eastern Gorge, westerlies, perhaps 18-23, on Saturday and maybe Sunday. I’ll be out of town and totally offline Friday through Wednesday. Hope to paddle with you when I return. And no, my housesitter does not know how to do the forecast!



Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast – On vacation ‘til summer unless otherwise noted


Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – intermittent forecasts until ski season

Wow. There’s quite a bit of “weather” coming for Mt. Hood this weekend and early next week. Latest runs of the models have enough snow for a starting snowpack, but they also have enough rain to completely soak that snowpack. As usual this far out, the details aren’t totally clear, but the general picture is as certain as the sun rising today. Mt. Hood’s going to pick up significant snow from Thursday afternoon into early Sunday morning at which point the snow will switch to pouring rain. Thanks, Pineapple Express. Snow totals before the rain are somewhere in the 12-32” range. Big range still. That’ll tighten up as we get closer. In the meantime…

Tuesday will be sunny with a chance of some scattered high clouds later. Overnight, the sky clears again. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 10,000′ this morning, 6500′ this afternoon, and 5500′ after midnight. Wind: S 10 early, W 10 in the afternoon, and NW 10-20 after midnight. Wednesday will be clear and then partly cloudy. The FAF starts at 5500′, falls to 4000′ in the afternoon, and drops to 0′ after midnight. Wind: NW 10-20 in the morning, W 10 in the afternoon, and W 15-25 after midnight.

Thursday starts out cloudy. Snow starts up midday. The snow level will be 0′ near Mt. Hood early (5000′ temps at -2C), 2000′ in the afternoon, and 1500-2000′ overnight. By 4pm, models suggest we’ll have 0.2” water equivalent (WE) for a couple inches of snow. Overnight, another 0.4” is in the cards for 4-5” additional relatively light snow. Wind: W 15-25 in the morning turns to SW 15-25 in the afternoon and builds to WNW 25-35 after midnight. That’ll enhance snowfall thanks to orographics.

The latest deterministic GFS model run brings copious snowfall to Mt. Hood between Friday morning and Sunday morning. That said, as I mentioned before, actual predictions are all over the map… somewhere between 1 foot of new and 3 feet of new at 5000′. During that period of snow, the snow level should go no higher than 3000′ to 4000′. Friday, Friday night, and Saturday morning will be stormy and snowy on the passes. Snow tapers off sometime Saturday. Temps warm overnight, and the snow switches to rain on Sunday morning. Temps stay too warm for snow through midnight Tuesday (ish). In that time period, 3-5” or more of rain is forecast with the snow level set to rise as high as 10,000′. Generally speaking. We’re too far out (a week or so, right) for the exact details to be clear. Conclusion: there’s a good chance of enough snow low enough down to get Timberline, Meadows, Teacup, and maybe even Skibowl open for the season. Fingers crossed!  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Nothing sticks around today. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 30’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be Nothing and then partly cloudy. Temps start in the mid 20’s and rise to the low 40’s. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be cloudy in the morning with mixed rain and snow in the afternoon and wet snow overnight. Temps start in the mid 20’s and rise to the upper 30’s. Light easterlies. 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!

Amayah’s has their one-year anniversary party in Biggs. Also, every first Thursday, 1pm to 4pm, they are offering free meals to all. Yup. That’s right. Free Amayah’s once a month!

Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. 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. The Tri Club is done for the season. 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.  


Regarding the trails in general: don’t ride in the mud. You’ll damage the trails. Don’t ride trails if it was below freezing the previous night and is above freezing when you want to ride. Ride gravel. Ride your trainer. Build trails. There are trail builders seeking extra hands on seven additional miles of trail on Whoopdee. Contact HRATS for more information. If you’re parking at 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.