Friday: windy day on the way! Less muggy too!

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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 12-15 16-19 23-26 23-26
Swell-Hood River 26-29 28-32 28-32 25-28
Lyle to Doug’s 16-19 20-24 28-32 28-32
Rufus, etc. 16-19 20-24 28-32 28-32
Roosevelt & Arlington 16-19 20-24 28-32 28-32

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s a windy start to a Friday morning with maybe the first big Dawn Patrol of the season; westerlies were already in the upper 20’s between Viento and Swell early in the morning. We’ll see strong westerlies today followed by three more days that make it into the mid to upper 20’s somewhere.

Friday’s situation isn’t ideal, but it’s good enough. Cooler marine air filters into the west side, and hot weather on the east side creates a heat low. That gives us 25-28 early from Viento Mosier with 15-18 other locations. The wind eventually fills in at 28-32 from Viento to Threemile with 24-27 at Stevenson. As is often the case, areas west of The Dalles will wait until the afternoon to fill in. Given that this setup is largely dependent on thermal assistance, the wind will continues until sunset in the eastern Gorge. River flow is 167kcfs and temp is 69 degrees. High temp Hood River: 90.

Tomorrow starts with 24-27 from Viento to The Dalles with 18-22 east of there. By late morning, the wind builds to 24-27 from Viento to Rufus with 19-23 at Stevenson and 10-13 at Arlington. Hood River high temp: 86. Similar conditions repeat on Sunday, although morning westerlies will likely start lighter, perhaps 17-20. Watch for a quick build to 24-27 from Stevenson to The Dalles. It appears the western Gorge launches may drop to 18-22 in the afternoon, but you’ll have plenty of wind from Mosier to Arlington: 24-27. High temp in the Corridor: 88.

Monday’s forecast is currently 24-28, and Tuesday’s is currently 16-19. That, of course, could change.

Due to crowding and unsafe conditions at Port beaches, further restrictions are now in place. Remember: crowds lead to closures. First, kiting is no longer allowed at the Marina – it has become unsafe for other user groups. Third, Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you are likely to be ticketed. Next, parking has been further reduced along the waterfront – various restrictions are in place due to crowding at Frog Beach. The Nichols boat dock remains closed due to crowding.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Friday: W5-10/LTW/LTV, W swell 3′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: NW5/NW5/N15, W 3′ @ 9. Sunday: LTW/LTW/N15, W 3′ @ 10. Jones Friday: 12-15. Saturday: 16-19. Sunday: 16-19. Sauvie’s Friday: 14-17. Saturday: 12-15. Sunday: 10-13.    

Open/Closed Launch Site List – Porta-potties only.

Skamania County
Stevenson East Point, Bob’s Beach, Boat ramp: all open
Home Valley: Open
Swell City: Open
Spring Creek Hatchery: Open
Klickitat County
Wunderbar: high water
Bingen Point: Open
Lyle: Police and tickets, oh my! Closed.
Doug’s Beach: Open
Avery: Open
Maryhill: Open for day use only..
The Wall: Open.
Roosevelt: Still CLOSED due to windstorm damage. (7/15)

Rooster Rock: Open
Viento: Open
The Hook: Open
Waterfront Park: Open
Event Site: Open. Parking limited on weekends.
The Spit: Open
The Marina: No more kiting here
Boat ramp: open
Mosier: Only open for residents of 97040. Gate closed.
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.    

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning stays clear. Temps will be in the low 70’s early and near 90 later. Strong to very strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday looks sunny all day. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and mid 80’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday will also be sunny. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and upper 80’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows.     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.    


Post Canyon update: Eldorado is closed about 100 yards before the Mixed Tape intersection due to timber harvesting. HRATS will be putting in a short hike-a-bike to Uptrack to allow for riding up to the top of Bad Motor Scooter. The Rowena Curves are freshly chip-sealed, and so is Snowden Road. The new Whoopdee trail is being constructed. Contact HRATS if you would like to be part of some small and socially distanced work parties. Syncline/Coyote Wall: Open. Mt. Hood National Forest: Open for day use. Everything from Gunsight Ridge down is open. 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. Ape Canyon: Open!    

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Local Events

There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday nights at 5:30pm. That’s pretty much it for outdoor sports. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Wednesday evening at 5:30 at 12th and May.   Click here for the full events calendar.    

Have an awesome day!


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.