Geography & Climate

Hood River County, Oregon, is located in the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Positioned at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the magnificent Cascade Range, the County is known for its unusual mix of geology and climate—Cascade Locks on the western edge of the county sits at just 60 feet above sea level while the county’s south border soars to the 11,235 foot summit of Mt. Hood—Oregon’s tallest peak

Hood River County (population 22,000) lies midway between the moist rain forest climate of Cascade Locks and the arid desert air of The Dalles. The Columbia River Gorge has federally protected status as a  National Scenic Area. Its steep walls, coupled with a rapid average temperature change along this corridor, force strong winds to blow year-round through Hood River and give it its legitimate claim as the windsurfing capital of the world.
Elevations:
At Columbia River 100 feet above sea level
Hood River City 500 feet above sea level
At Parkdale 740 feet above sea level
Top of Mt. Hood 11,235 feet above sea level
Average monthly and annual precipitation:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Average
Hood River 5.42″ 3.91″ 2.93″ 1.63″ 0.95″ 0.69″ 0.25″ 0.59″ 1.14″ 2.20″ 5.11″ 6.00″ 30.82″
Parkdale 10.33″ 5.31″ 3.96″ 1.19″ 1.59″ 0.04″  0.31″ Trace 1.53″ 4.38″ 7.52″ 8.71″ 45.80″
Cascade Locks 10.50″ 9.14″ 8.89″ 4.60″ 3.35″ 2.57″ 0.72″ 0.72″ 2.50″ 7.56″ 11.41″  14.18″ 76.24″
Average monthly and annual temperature (fahrenheit):
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Average
Hood River 33.1 39.1 43.3 49.5 56.2 61.8 66.8 66.0 60.6 51.2 41.5 36.3 50.5
Parkdale 31.1 32.3 37.1 40.9 51.5 55.9 65.0 59.0 58.8 46.3 37.2 36.1 46.1
Cascade Locks 35.6 39.5 45.8 52.8 58.2 62.9 68.2 68.1 63.2 53.9 44.2 39.2 52.7
Maximum, minimum, and average annual snowfall:
Maximum Minimum Average
Hood River City  84.0″ 1.7″ 35.1″
Parkdale 133.7″ 12.4″ 76.8″