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Wednesday-Thursday: warm, sunny, windy weather with the exception of Thursday.

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The Forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
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Rooster Rock gentlemen start tanning your buns
Steven’s Locks LTV 5-10 13-16 20-23
Swell-Hood River LTV 5-10 13-16 23-26
Lyle to Doug’s LTV 5-10 13-16 23-26
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV 5-10 13-16
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies stick around all the way through the extended forecast with the exception of Thursday. Not only do they stick around, but temps stay in the 75-80 range through the weekend. If that doesn’t entice you on to the river, I don’t know what will!

Looking at Wednesday, we have a light and variable start with gradients of just 0.03 and 0.00. Offshore high pressure slowly builds today, and that assists the westerlies. Not much happens until late morning. Around 11am, the wind picks up to 12-15 from Stevenson to Mosier. High pressure strengthens offshore this afternoon. That nudges the wind upwards to 23-26 from Stevenson to Avery with Rufus a maybe in that mix. If it doesn’t make it into the 20’s, it’ll probably make it into the upper teens. River flow is 231kcfs, river temp is 54F, and high temp today should be 81F.

Pressure gradients equalize across the Cascades for much of the day on Thursday. Wind speeds drop as a result. A weak thermal gradient in the afternoon combines with relatively strong offshore high pressure for light westerlies. Expect 8-11 or less from Stevenson to The Dalles to start the day. Midday, the wind goes calm. Evening wind picks up to 10-13 from Stevenson to Hood River, perhaps to Mosier. Desert on Thursday: light wind all day. High temp will, once again, top out around 81F.

A stronger marine push on Friday results in stronger westerlies. Morning wind will be in the 11-14 range from Viento to The Dalles. Afternoon westerlies climb to relatively steady 21-24 from Stevenson to Avery with 14-17 at Rufus. High temp: 76F

Extended (unreliable) forecast: Models suggest that westerlies will max out in the low 20’s Saturday and mid 20’s on Sunday. Significant uncertainty exists about the start of next week. About 60% of the models indicate that Tuesday will be a very windy day. The rest of the models suggest different timing.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Wednesday: 15-20/20-25/30-40, W swell 3′ at 10 seconds. Thursday: 20-25/20-25/30-35, W 4′ @ 10. Friday: 15-20/25-30/30-40, W 3′ @ 10. Jones Wednesday: 18-22. Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 23-26. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 15-18. Friday: 17-20.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky this morning turns clear later. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 80’s this afternoon. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday starts with high clouds and becomes sunny. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 80’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny all day. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows.

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Cycling

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! Post Canyon: clear of snow to the top. New Whoopdee: open. Other news: Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. Dirty Fingers has the Post n’ Pint on Wednesday evenings.  

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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.