Wednesday: showers, rainbows, and eastern Gorge westerlies

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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 clean air sandy buns
Steven’s Locks LTW 10-13 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Rufus, etc. 10-13 13-16 G18-22 G18-22
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 13-16 G18-22 G18-22

Gorge Wind Forecast

A very active weather pattern swings a series of systems through the Gorge over the next couple of days. High pressure rebuilds inland on Saturday on Saturday night. That likely switches the wind to easterly by Sunday, which is a chance from yesterday’s forecast.

For Thursday, expect a cloudy showery day. You’ll be driving east of The Dalles for your best shot at usable westerlies. The western Gorge, to Doug’s, will be 10-13 all day. East of there, westerlies climb to gusty 18-22 int eh afternoon.

Friday starts light westerly. A strong cold front moves in mid-morning and starts up heavy rain in the western Gorge. Afternoon wind climbs to gusty 13-16 in the west and gusty 20-25 from Avery eastward. Saturday looks light westerly or just plain light all day. As of last night, Sunday’s forecast looked like W 24-28, but now it’s looking easterly. Guess we’ll be waiting to make a call!

Kiting is no longer allowed at the Marina – it has become unsafe for other user groups. Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you will be ticketed. Lyle: loved to death. Roosevelt: still closed due to wind damage from earlier this year. Mosier is only available to residents of 97040 (Mosier).    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Thursday: SW10-20/SW10-15/LTV, W swell 14′ at 12 seconds. Friday: W5-10/SW10-15/S10-20, combined seas 18′ at 14. Saturday: LTV/N10-15/N15-20, W 8′ @ 11. Jones Thursday-Saturday: light. Sauvie’s Thursday: W10. Friday: S20 becoming W 5-10. Saturday: LTV.    

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky sticks around with sprinkles today. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 60’s later. Light westerlies. 94% chance of rainbows. Friday looks cloudy and rainy with rain starting around 9am. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 60’s later. Light westerlies in the morning. Moderate later. 95% chance of rainbows. Saturday starts cloudy and showery and ends partly cloudy. Temps will be near 50 early and in the upper 60’s later. Light west wind. 99% chance of rainbows.     Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.    


9/23: Hood River County lands have reopened, but it will rain so much through this week that it’ll be too muddy to ride without damaging trails after Wednesday. Mt. Hood National Forest is closed to all uses. Syncline/Coyote Wall: closed due to fire danger. Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and Underwood are closed due to fire danger. Respect the closures.    

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Local Events

Weekly events: there are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday nights at 5:30pm. The small boat group has a friendly and distanced paddle on, I believe, Thursday nights. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Columbia High School in White Salmon at 6pm on Wednesday nights. That’s pretty much it for outdoor sports. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Wednesday evening at 6pm at 12th and May.    

Current Closures (may not be complete)

Mt. Hood National Forest (all closed). Gifford Pinchot NF west of Indian Heaven and south of the 90/30 Roads. Syncline/Coyote Wall. Hood River County Land. Kreps, SDS, and other private timberlands. DNR and ODF lands. Many places in the scenic area. Completeish list here.

Have an awesome day!


By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.