Wednesday: last good one for wind for a bit…

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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 clouds overhead buns below
Steven’s Locks 17-20 14-17 17-20 20-23
Viento 20-25 20-25 23-26 23-26
Swell-Hood River 10ish 17-20 23-26 23-26
Lyle to Doug’s 10ish 12-15 17-20 23-26
Rufus, etc. 23-26 17-20 17-20 23-26
Roosevelt & Arlington 23-26 17-20 14-17 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies stick around today before taking a couple of days off. After that, we’ll see a multi-day transition to gusty, moderate eastern Gorge westerlies in response to a fall-like weather pattern. None of that, however, will have an impact on today (Wednesday), which looks pretty darn good.

A cold front exiting the area has left solid gradients (0.11 and 0.05) to start the day. Westerlies responded with vigor, with readings in the upper 20’s at Viento, mid 30’s at Maryhill, and mid 20’s at Arlington. That’s a feisty start. Hold off before you chase the wind eastward; models suggest the western Gorge will be the focus. By late morning, we’ll have 23-26 from Viento to Mosier with 20-23 at Stevenson, 17-21 at Rufus, and 10-13 to Arlington. Rowena should join this afternoon, if not earlier. Models say Rufus will join in at 23-26 this evening. This begs the question of whether the wind will really drop off there midday. Given the starting setup, it’s possible it’ll drop into the mid 20’s and hold. No promises. River flow is 67,600cfs, river temp is 68F, and predicted high temp is 69F for Hood River.

Thursday looks calm all day east of Viento. A few hours of E 10-15 are forecast midday between Rooster and Viento before the wind backs off to 7-10 or so. High temp: 70F. Light westerlies Friday under high overcast sky point to an unseasonably strong cold front approaching. The best we’ll get is gusty westerlies at 10-15 late in the day just before the rain hits. High temp: 68-74F. Pouring rain overnight Friday transitions to a mostly dry day Saturday and showers on Sunday. Your best bet for wind will be the eastern Gorge where there will be periods of gusty upper teens to low 20’s. Enjoy today’s wind! I hope to see you on the river after work!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Wednesday: 20-25+/25-30/30-40, W swell 6′ at 10 seconds. Thursday: 15-20/15-20/30-35, NW 6′ @ 10. Friday: S30-40/S25-35/S10-15, combined seas 10′ @ 8. Jones Wednesday: 20-23. Thursday: LTW. Friday: calm. Sauvie’s Wednesday: NW 11-14. Thursday: 7-10. Friday: S 15-20+.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky this morning turns totally clear later. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be clear and very dry. Temps start in the mid 40’s and end in the mid 70’s. Calm wind. No rainbows. Friday starts high overcast and ends with pouring rain overnight. Temps will be near 50 early and 70ish later. Light westerlies. No rainbows.

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SDS (Whoopdee, Underwood), BLC, HFM, DGS, and Kreps Land (Hospital Hill) are now closed until the end of fire season. It is also vital that people respect this closure to maintain positive relationships between the landowners and trail users. DNR land in Eastern Washington (Buck Creek / Nestor Peak) is all closed to recreation due to fire danger. Columbia Hills is closed due to fire danger.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, Gorge 400, Plains of Abraham / Ape Canyon. 44 Road: Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Dog River, Superconnector, Cedar, Knebal, Cooks Meadows, 450 to the top, Gunsight, Underhill. Siouxon has reopened. Huffman: not sure.

Maple Road in Post Canyon is closed. DO NOT drive past the closed signs. If you do so, you will jeopardize TRAIL access for the entire summer. This is the road that runs to the west, just north of the Binns/Riorden intersection. Also, the trail from the bottom of Post Canyon to Seven Streams Staging Area is now closed. It’s on private land. Respect the closure.  

Local Events

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 went into effect on 7/16. No more motorized use in Post Canyon trails. Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. They have an all-genders ride at 6pm on Wednesday, end of the pavement on Post Canyon Road. Their shop road ride leaves at 9am on Saturday for a 2 hour ride. 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. Oregon E-Bikes has ladies’ rides at 7:30am Sunday and Monday. The Small Boat Group does paddles every Thursday evening at 6pm at the Hatchery.

Other weekly events. Normally on Tuesday night there’s meditation with the Pacific Hermitage Monks at 5:15 (1 hour) and 6:30 (30 minutes followed by a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. In-person meditation is on “pause” due to the recent Covid surge. It will happen on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube page at 6:30. Triathlon practice with the Tri Club is Tuesday at 6pm at West Mayer State Park. Sailboat races happen Wednesday night from the Hood River Marina. There are also lesser races on Friday nights. Cheno’s workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10). Families in the Park starts August 5th at Jackson Park and runs for several weeks on Thursday evening.  

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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.