Tuesday-Wednesday: hotter and calmer for a couple of days. Inevitably, there will be a cooldown…

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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 high humidity sweaty buns
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 rainy
Swell-Hood River 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Lyle to Doug’s 5-10 5-10 G22-25 G22-25
Rufus, etc. 5-10 5-10 rainy? G22-25
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 5-10 rainy? 5-10

Gorge Wind Forecast

Gusty westerlies return for Tuesday. The wind takes a break, or at least backs off into the teens or less, on Wednesday and Thursday as heat and high pressure settle in. While it’ll still be hot on Friday and Saturday, models continue to predict stronger westerlies both days. Thanks to the Wednesday-Thursday break, I’ll be taking Wednesday off!

Looking at Tuesday morning, we see a low pressure trough offshore. That moves inland this afternoon along with an associate area of atmospheric dynamics. All this action holds down the temps on the western side of the region. Temps climb in the desert, but there’s also a wee chance of instability and rain. Generally speaking, we’ll have light wind through early afternoon; westerlies hold in the 7-10 range. We could see a bit more, perhaps 12-15, from Swell to Mosier. As this system arrives early afternoon, westerlies jump to gusty 22-25 from Lyle to Blalock. East of there, instability keeps the wind down to 10-13. The western Gorge also stays in the low double digits. Do keep an eye out for possible rain east of The Dalles this afternoon. Westerlies will respond poorly to rainfall. River flow is 193kcfs, river temp is 60F, and high temp for Hood River is 70F.

Strong high pressure builds offshore and also inland on Wednesday. The day starts completely calm. A weak, very weak, thermal gradient could nudge the westerlies to 8-12 from Stevenson to Mosier late afternoon. No wind for the eastern Gorge. High temp: 82F. Thursday starts calm and clear. Thanks to a stronger thermal gradient, westerlies pick up to 11-14 from Stevenson to Mosier from mid-afternoon on. East of there: calm.

Despite hot weather forecast to continue through the weekend in Portland, models still hold to the idea of strong westerlies Friday and Saturday. We’ll keep a close eye on this; I feel a bit skeptical at this time, but the combo of thermal and synoptic scale gradients should be enough for westerlies. Plan for early or late – midday heating in the metro area will likely affect wind strength and quality. Have a great day!  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Tuesday: SW10-15/W5-10/N5-10, SW swell 4′ at 7 seconds. Wednesday: 20-25/20-25/30-40, SW 3′ @ 8. Thursday: 20-25/25-30/30-40, SW 2′ @ 15. Sauvie’s Tuesday: W10. Wednesday: N11-14. Thursday: 13-16. Jones Tuesday: LTW. Wednesday: W7-10. Thursday: 15-18.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear midday and cloudy mid-afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s this morning and near 70 this afternoon. Light westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. Wednesday starts with a partial Nothing and quickly turns clear. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 80’s later. Calm wind most of the day. Light westerlies in the afternoon. No rainbows. Thursday looks clear all day. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 80’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows.

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Trail guesses: Whoopdee, good; Post, brown pow; 44 Road, good. Falls Creek: good. From the 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.

Post Canyon: 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

Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. 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. The Small Boat Group does paddles every Thursday evening at 6pm. Hatch laps are the latest thing they do. Coming up next weekend, we have 12 Hours of Post at Family Man on Saturday and the third race in the Epic Paddle series, location TBD, on Sunday.  

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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.