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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 sunshine enough for bun shine
Stevenson 7-10 11-14 16-20 20-23
Viento 23-26 23-26 20-23 17-20
Swell-Hood River 23-26 23-26 20-23 17-20
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 building 20-23 24-27
Rufus, etc. 10-13 13-16 building 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 13-16 13-16

Gorge Wind Forecast

Good morning, everyone! Today’s the last “windy” day for a while. We’ll have short-lasting lesser westerlies on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps a more consistent day Friday. Maybe. After that, we move into what appears to be a long-lasting stretch of weather that’s more conducive to rain than wind.

Tuesday morning starts with pressures of 30.12/30.03/30.02 for gradients of 0.09 and 0.01. Westerlies at dawn were outperforming the gradients; Swell was reading 27. With strong offshore high pressure in place and a low moving into BC, we have some helpful factors in place, at least for the morning. Call it 23-26 from Viento to Swell filling in to Mosier. Models shift the wind a bit east in the afternoon: 24-27 from Mosier to Rufus with 18-21 from Stevenson to Hood River. River flow yesterday was 56-69kcfs (it should be noted that this was plenty for large swell at Rufus), river temp is 68F, and high temp today is 68F for Hood river and 75F for Rufus. Shorty season is over!

Wednesday opens up with me scrambling to get to my J-O-B and you scrambling to catch the little wind there will be as a low sits overhead or near enough to call it overhead. The day starts with 12-15 from Mosier to Rufus with 7-10 at Stevenson. Hood River to Avery rises to 14-17 for a few hours midday (light to the east and west) and drops to “light”, below 10mph, mid-afternoon. High temp: 65F.

Thursday starts with a brief shot of 13-16 from Stevenson to Arlington. Move fast, because it’ll be gone in the afternoon. Models currently have upper teens or low 20’s on Friday, but there’s a fair bit of range in the predictions. In other words: Friday is uncertain. After that, we move into a much more active weather pattern. This will be dominated by a giant offshore low pressure system more reminiscent of winter than early fall. This is not a good sign for wind. In other words, get on it today.  


Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast

Wind speed in knots. Direction Northerly unless otherwise noted for Coast. Westerly for Jones. Northerly for Sauvie Island. Sauvie Island wind sensor:, but it’s done for the season! Coast: North/Central/South, waves. Wave forecast provided by NWS. Tuesday: LTNW/NN@10/N25-30, NW swell 10′ at 13 seconds. Wednesday: 10ish/10ish/20-25+, NW 9′ @ 12. Thursday: 15/10-15/25-30, NW 7′ @ 11. Jones Tuesday: 8-11. Wednesday: LTW. Thursday: 16-19. Sauvie Island Tuesday: NW5-10. Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 13-16.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear then partially high overcast. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderately strong westerlies. NO rainbows. Wednesday will be partly cloudy. Temps start in the upper 40’s and rise to the mid 60’s. Showers are possible but unlikely. Light to moderate westerlies turn light and variable in the afternoon. 11% chance of rainbows. Thursday will be mostly clear then partially high overcast. Temps start in the mid 40’s and rise to the low 70’s. Moderate westerlies early. Light and variable wind later. 2% chance of 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!

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. The Tri Club has their weekly workout at Mayer Park at 6pm on Tuesday. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. Paddle folks (OC/Surfski) meet at the Hatch Thursday evenings for laps. 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.  


As of September 9th, Hospital Hill has reopened. No official word yet on Whoopdee and Underwood. All trails on the 44 Road are now open. There is a fire near Boulder Lakes, and that area is closed. Plains of Abraham is open. 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: powdery mildew is making an appearance in local gardens. It’s a real PITA. You could spray sulfur on it, but there’s a better solution. Quite a bit of research has been done on milk. Yes, milk. Spray a solution of 40% milk on your squash, cukes, melons, calendula, and other susceptible plants. Do this weekly. You can alternate with a baking soda solution:1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid non-detergent soap, and 1 gallon of water. Don’t forget to spray the undersides of the leaves. Also helpful: pruning plants so they get plenty of air flow. 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.