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Wednesday-Thursday: westerlies Wednesday, calm Thursday, easterlies Friday

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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 calm sunny with buns
Steven’s Locks LTV G15-18 G19-23 G19-23
Viento LTV G15-18 21-24 21-24
Swell-Hood River LTV G15-18 21-24+ 21-24+
Lyle to Doug’s LTV 7-10 21-24+ 24-27
Rufus, etc. LTV 12-15 21-24+ 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV 12-15 12-15 15-18

Gorge Wind Forecast

After a fine, sunny day of easterlies yesterday, we’ll have a fine day of westerlies today. That’s followed by a day of calm wind and then another day of easterlies before westerlies make a one-day return. Happy autumn!

Details for Wednesday include a weak front swinging through the area. High pressure builds offshore this afternoon. The day starts with light and variable wind and nearly-zero gradients. Mid-morning brings westerlies at gusty 15-18 from Stevenson to Mosier with 10-13 at Rufus and 5-10 at Arlington. Wait a few hours, and you’ll have 22-25 from Viento to Mosier with 19-22 at Stevenson and 12-15 in the eastern Gorge. It appears we may get lucky this evening – models hint at 21-14 from Stevenson to Hood River with 24-27 from Mosier to Avery or Rufus. River flow is 64,700cfs, river temp is 66F, and high temp forecast is 74F.

Thursday will be light westerly early, calm midday, and light easterly in the afternoon. High temp: 77F. Friday starts with easterlies at 25-30 at Rooster and Stevenson with 20-25 at Viento. The wind holds through midday and then fades. By 2pm, you’ll find 15-20 from Rooster to Stevenson with 10-15 from Home Valley to Viento and 5-10 to the east of Swell. High temp: 81F. As of today, Saturday’s forecast is 23-26 and Sunday’s is light westerly. Have a great day on the river!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Coast (north/central/south, waves. Wind direction north unless otherwise noted. Swell forecast from NWS.) Wednesday: LTNW/N10/N25-30, W swell 7′ at 13 seconds. Thursday: 20-25/20-25/30-35, NW 7′ @ 12. Friday: 15-20+/15/LTV, NW 5′ @ 10. Jones Wednesday: 10-13. Thursday/Friday: LTV. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 7-10. Thursday: 10-13. Friday: LTV.  

Mt. Hood Weather forecast

On vacation unless some wintry weather happens.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

High clouds this morning dissipate later and may give way to partly cloudy mid-level clouds. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid/upper 70’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 80’s in the afternoon. Light easterlies. No rainbows.

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Cycling

Local landowners plan to reopen lands when IFPL drops to 1. Do not access SDS, Kreps, or other private lands until told they are open – we are still in fire season, and those lands are still closed to public access. Dirt Surfer bridge has been replaced and the trail is open again. 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 (Buck Creek / Nestor Peak) has reopened. Columbia Hills is closed 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, but it is burned and heartbreaking according to trip reports.  

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.