Monday: another round of strong westerlies for ya!

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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 10-13 13-16+ 28-31 28-31
Swell-Hood River 15-18 20-27+ 32-37 24-27?
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 15-18 20-27+ 32-37 32-37
Rufus, etc. 15-18 20-27+ 32-37 32-37
Roosevelt & Arlington 18-21 21-25 25-28+? 25-28+?

Gorge Wind Forecast

Several more days of strong westerlies are in the forecast before changes in the overall pattern knock down the wind speeds to the “moderate” range for a couple days. After that, we have some disagreement in the ensembles and models, so we’ll limit this morning weather chat to this week. Before I get started – I’m still holding a twin-tip kiteboard that I found floating near the Hatchery on Saturday (the really windy day). Please reach out to me if it might be yours!

Morning gradients on this fine Monday were 0.14 and 0.08, enough for me to send a text to my windsurfing buddies. None of yesterday’s caveats (desert instability, for example) are present today. All we have is a nice deep marine layer, strong offshore high pressure, and lower pressure in the desert. Morning westerlies rest up for a couple hours in the 18-21 range most locations before the afternoon push. We’ll have 32-27 today from Swell to Rufus. Viento will likely join in as well. Arlington is a maybe – it depends on how far east a low pressure system shifts. If you see the wind graph headed up, head there. Note: the Army Corps website still lists Roosevelt as closed due to windstorm damage. River flow today is 281kcfs and temp is 62 degrees.

Looking at Tuesday: a weak weather system will swing through setting off some sprinkles in the western Gorge. While this isn’t ideal, the offshore high pressure and desert low pressure won’t listen; plenty of wind will materialize! Expect gusty 15-18 in the cloudy, drizzly west. East of The Dalles, the day starts with 25-29. Afternoon: 15-18 in the west, 29-33 from Rowena or Avery to Threemile.

A weak weather system moves in Wednesday morning. Once again, no probs. Morning westerlies will be 12-15 in the western Gorge and 16-19 east of The Dalles. Clouds persist all day near Hood River, keeping the wind speed down. From Rowena to Threemile, you’ll find 26-29 in the afternoon.

If you prefer your wind lighter, you’ll enjoy Thursday. That day maxes out at 17-20, and you’ll be sitting pretty in the central Gorge. Friday brings 24-27 from Swell to Rufus. We’ll look at the weekend as we get closer to it. It’s only Monday, and a lot could change between now and then!     Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Monday: W5/LTW/N25-30, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Tuesday: N W10/LTN W/N25-30, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Wednesday: W5-10/NW5/N30-35, NW swell 7′ @ 9. Jones Monday: 20-23. Tuesday: 5-10. Wednesday: 5-8. Sauvie Island Monday: NW 14-17. Tuesday: NW 16-19. Wednesday: nope.    

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

Skamania County – Phase 2, recreate with 5 or less people outside household
Stevenson East Point, Bob’s Beach, Boat ramp: all open
Home Valley: Open
Swell City: Open
Spring Creek Hatchery: Open
Klickitat County – Phase 2
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: Still CLOSED due to windstorm damage. (6/26)

Oregon: Phase one for Hood River. Phase two for Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam counties.
Rooster Rock: Open
Viento: Open
The Hook: Open
Waterfront Park: Open
Event Site: Open
The Spit: Open
The Marina: Open
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

Partly cloudy sky this morning clears in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Strong to nuking westerlies. NO rainbows. Tuesday looks mostly cloudy all day with a few sprinkles possible in the first half of the day. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and near 70 later. Moderate westerlies. 14% chance of rainbows. Wednesday looks mostly cloudy. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and near 70 later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunshine returns for Thursday afternoon.     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 6/29: In Post Canyon, Uptrack (150) has reopened. Eldorado is taking longer than expected, but is hopefully opening this week. 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. 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: Open!    

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Local Events

The third race of the Vortex Paddle Series runs today from Stevenson to Home Valley. The 503Basserz draw tournament is at the Hood River Marina today. Dirty Fingers has the Sunday Service gravel bike ride in the Gifford Pinchot.     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.