Friday: some clouds, some wind

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 June 5, 2020

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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 OPEN! naked buns rejoice!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 12-15 15-18 G22-25 13-16
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 12-15 15-18 G22-25
Rufus, etc. 5-10 12-15 15-18 G25-28
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 12-15 15-18 G25-28

Gorge Wind Forecast

Oregon and Washington are encouraging people to not travel more than 50 miles (not mph!) to access recreation. Non-essential travel is still being strongly discouraged in ALL jurisdictions. Land managers and law enforcement are carefully watching to see if people maintain social distancing. If crowding happens, water access will be revoked. If you are local and lucky enough to have water access in your community, please do this: rig, play, leave. There is NO camping allowed at any of the river parks. Please don’t camp unlawfully; doing so risks access for everyone, including for people who just want to use the parks for a picnic. Please follow the directions of your local government officials and help keep the Gorge community safe. Thank you!

A cold front approaching the Gorge on Friday takes the wind upwards in the afternoon. While there will be offshore high pressure support for the wind, and there will be desert warmth to aid it, the resulting breeze will be gusty. Morning westerlies start with 5-10 in the east and 12-15 in the western Gorge. It builds midday to gusty 22-25 form Viento to The Dalles. In the afternoon, we’ll see the wind climb to gusty 25-28 from Lyle to Arlington. River flow is 391kcfs (too much for Rufus) and temp is 57 degrees.

Saturday sees a cool, cloudy low move over the inland Northwest. Offshore high pressure shifting closer in the afternoon combines with that low moving slightly eastward for another round of westerlies. Morning wind will be 12-15 in the eastern Gorge and 5-10 in the west. Afternoon: very gusty and unreliable 21-24 from The Dalles to Rufus with 10-13 west and east of there.

Sunday’s going to be a solid, relatively steady west wind day. That aforementioned low moves out of the picture to the east and high pressure dominates the offshore waters. Expect 13-16+ everywhere to start the day. The wind builds through the morning like a tsunami approaching land. It steadies out at 30-35 from Mosier to Rufus early afternoon, filling in to Arlington by mid-afternoon. The wind probably won’t reach past Arlington. Remember that Roosevelt Park is currently closed, and the max flow for decent conditions at Rufus/The Wall is about 325kcfs.    

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS). Friday: NW5-10/NW5-10/N10-15, W swell 6′ at 12 seconds. Saturday: W5-10/W10-15/W10-15, W swell 5′ @ 10. Sunday: NW10-15/NW10-15/NW10-15, W 6′ @ 10. Jones Friday: 7-10. Saturday: 5-8. Sunday: 10-13. Sauvie Island Friday: NW 10-15. Saturday: nope. Sunday: NW 15-18.    

Open/Closed Launch Site List -All restrooms are closed!

Skamania County – Phase two, recreate with 5 or less people outside household
Stevenson East Point, Bob’s Beach, Boat ramp: all open
Home Valley: Unknown
Swell City: Open
Spring Creek Hatchery: Open
Klickitat County – Stay at home order in place. Only recreate with household members
Wunderbar: high water
Bingen Point: Open
Lyle: you have to cross private property to access
Doug’s Beach: Open
Avery: Open
Maryhill: Open for day use only..
The Wall: Open.
Roosevelt: CLOSED due to windstorm damage..

Oregon: Phase one for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam counties – recreate with 10 or fewer friends from the county
Rooster Rock: Open
Viento: Open
The Hook: Open
Waterfront Park: Closed
Event Site: Open
The Spit: Open
The Marina: Open
Boat ramp: open
Mosier: Only open for residents of 97040
Rowena: Open
Celilo: Open
Rufus: Open
Arlington: Open
Threemile: Open

Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

Mt. Hood Meadows is now allowing uphill travel within the permit area. However, you will need to park outside their parking lots. Timberline is open for lift-serve skiing with exemplary guidelines for protecting guests and staff from the transmission of novel coronavirus. Please read their guidelines and rules here. Well done, T-Line! The Mt. Hood weather forecast will be on vacation unless something interesting happens in the weather up there. Some of you will be tempted to go out backcountry skiing. Please don’t – accidents do happen, and you may put others at risk. Timberline is allowing uphill access outside the permit area on the climbers’ trail ONLY. No uphill traffic is allowed at Meadows.    

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds stick around all day Friday. A couple sprinkles are not out of the question, but are far from likely. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday looks cloudy with drizzle in the morning. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday starts out cloudy and ends with sunbreaks. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 60’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 45% chance of rainbows. Next week looks cool with a chance of significant rain on Tuesday.     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.    


Trail update 6/5: Post Canyon: parking is now open. Syncline/Coyote Wall: Open. Mt. Hood National Forest: Open for day use. Surveyor’s, Dog River, and Oak Ridge snow-free. Kreps/SDS: open. Sandy Ridge: Open. Nestor Peak: open. Falls Creek: open. Columbia Hills State Park: open. Syncline: open . Skamania County trails outside the scenic area: open. Knebal, Eightmile, Fifteenmile, Bottle Prairie, Surveyors, Dog River: open and cleared. Ape Canyon: Closed.

Current lawful social distancing requirements: only people from your household in Klickitat County. Only household members if you’re from Multnomah, Clark, or other ‘stay at home’ counties. Up to 5 friends in Skamania County. Up to 10 in Hood River County.    

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