Wednesday: just another day of moderate westerlies for your foiling fun!

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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 LTW 10-13 14-17 14-17
Viento 12-15 12-15 14-17 17-20
Swell-Hood River 11-14 14-17 17-20 13-16
Lyle to Doug’s LTW LTW 11-14+ 17-20
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTW LTW LTW

Gorge Wind Forecast

Moderate westerlies are in the forecast Wednesday and Friday with a nearly-calm day sandwiched in between Stronger westerlies are forecast for the weekend, but there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty in just how strong and just how reliable they’ll be.

Pressures Wednesday morning kicked off with 30.08/30.01/30.00 for gradients of 0.07 and 0.01. Westerlies were in the 3-15 range through the Gorge; as usual, Viento was the winner with 10-15 to start the day. Light westerlies hold west of The Dalles this morning and turn calm east of The Dalles. We should see heating give a nudge to the wind this afternoon – look for 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier followed by an Executive Session (after 5pm) of 17-20 from Hood River to Doug’s with 12-15 west of Hood River. River flow yesterday was 380-419kcfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 77F.

Not much happens on Thursday. Temps even out between the metro area and the desert. Calm wind starts the day. Very light westerlies and a slight chance of thunder end it. High temp: low 80’s. Great day for flat water stuff. Friday kicks off with light west wind near Hood River and calm wind out east of Mosier. By early afternoon, we’ll have 10-13 from Stevenson to Doug’s. A system moving through in the afternoon will kick the wind upwards to gusty 17-21 from Hood River to Lyle with 13-16 from Stevenson to Swell (a brief period of 17-21 is likely at Swell prior to the dropoff) and 13-16 from The Dalles to Rufus (still too much current). High temp: 83F.

Cooler weather is forecast over the weekend. This should lead to stronger westerlies. They’ll be more widespread but less reliable on Saturday due to a system moving through. Sunday’s wind looks to be focused near Hood River. Speaking of Hood River, CGW2 has a swap meet at Lot 1 on Sunday. Both days should see mid to upper 20’s for average speeds in the windiest places. Lesser westerlies, low 20’s perhaps, stick around on Monday, but this whole paragraph is pretty far out for accuracy! See you on the water!  


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. Wednesday: 15-20/20-25+/30-35+, NW swell 5′ at 8 seconds. Thursday: 10-15/15-20/25-30, NW 5′ @ 7. Friday: 10-15/15-20/25-30, NW 4′ @ 7. Jones Wednesday: 18-21. Thursday: 21-24. Friday: 23-26. Sauvie Island Wednesday: 15-18. Thursday: 11-14. Friday: 15-18.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

On vacation until fall unless something extraordinary happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky this morning holds on to a few clouds today. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid to upper 70’s later. Light westerlies most of the day. Moderate in the evening. No rainbows. Thursday will be clear in the morning and will add thunderheads in the afternoon. Temps start at 50 and rise to the low 80’s. Calm wind becomes light westerly late. No rainbows. Friday will be clear in the morning with thunderheads later. Temps start in the mid 50’s and rise to the low 80’s. Light west wind early. Moderate 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! CGW2 has a swap meet on Sunday, May 28th at Lot 1 in Hood River. 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.