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Wednesday-Thursday forecast: a couple of light wind days

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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
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock overcast sky buns cry!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 11-14 11-14
Viento 15-18 11-14 11-14 15-18?
Swell-Hood River 5-10 5-10 11-14 15-18?
Lyle to Doug’s 5-10 5-10 11-14 15-18?
Rufus, etc. LTW LTV LTV 10-13
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

A couple of days of light wind are in the forecast. That means I’ll be taking tomorrow off so I can enjoy the cool morning hours. As of this morning’s model run, it appears the wind will come roaring back for the weekend despite continued hot weather.

Looking at Wednesday, we have an uninspiring pressure scene off the west coast. A weak low and weak high contribute very little to the Gorge wind situation. Inland, high pressure is pushing northwest. That leaves us with 0.04 (pdx-dls) and 0.03 (dls-psc) to start the day. Westerlies are at 10-13ish between Viento and Swell. That’s about all you’ll get this morning. Afternoon wind is forecast to fill in at 11-14 from Stevenson to The Dalles with Avery possible. Late day: a shot at 15-18 from Hood River to Avery with 11-14 west of Hood River and 10-13 to the east. River flow is 126kcfs, river temp is 70F, and high temp for Hood River is 92F.

Thursday starts with 8-11 from Stevenson to Swell and drops below 10mph for the rest of the day. East of Mosier: light and variable wind. High temp: 97F. Friday’s opening salvo is an undramatic 8-11 between Stevenson and Swell with light/variable wind to the east. Afternoon: calm in the western Gorge, easterlies at 5-10 from The Dalles to Arlington. High temp: 101.

Saturday has excellent potential, but models are far from agreeing on the outcome. Offshore high pressure combines with deep inland low pressure and heat for very strong cross-Cascade gradients. Throw in extreme upper level moisture, and there’s also some thunder potential for the eastern Gorge and Central Oregon. As of this morning, the operational GFS is calling for 28-32+ with temps at 100-105 in The Dalles. Wow. Ensemble members are far from agreeing, so cross your fingers on the operational GFS outcome. Sunday’s forecast contains 10-20 degrees less heat and 24-27mph westerlies. Subject to change, of course. Stay cool out there, and I’ll see you on Friday.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Wednesday: 20+/15-20/LTN?, SW swell 1′ @ 14 seconds. Thursday: 20+/15-20/15-25?, SW 1′ @ 13. Friday: 15-20/10-15/20-30, SW 1′ @ 12. Jones Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 14-17. Friday: 22-25. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 8-11. Thursday: 13-16. Friday: 9-12.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Sunshine today gives us temps in the upper 50’s early and low 90’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Sunny weather Friday. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and upper 90’s later. Very light wind. No rainbows. Friday will be warm to start: 70ish. Temps rise to 101 in the afternoon. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Chance of thunder Friday night into Saturday morning.

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Cycling

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.

Open trails: Post, Falls Creek, Lewis River, Sandy Ridge, Columbia Hills, 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 and Huffman Peak are “temporarily closed” due to wildfire last year.

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

The Hood River County Fair runs through Saturday. Cheno’s workout is every Saturday at 10am at the Ferment Lawn in Hood River ($10).

IFPL 3 restrictions west of Highway 35 (source: Hood River County email) 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. 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. 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.  

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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.