Monday: typical spring wind and temps…

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 June 1, 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 10-13 21-24 24-27
Swell-Hood River 13-16 16-20 21-24 24-27
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 13-16 21-24 24-27
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 10-13 13-16
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Oregon and Washington are encouraging people to not travel more than 50 miles (not mph!) to access recreation, and all 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. Non-essential travel is still being strongly discouraged. Please follow the directions of your local government officials and help keep the Gorge community safe. Thank you!

Moderate to strong westerlies continue for the next few days as moderate offshore high pressure combines with desert heat and weak weather systems passing through the area. For Monday, we start with westerlies at 13-16 from Viento to Mosier and 10-13 in other locations. The western Gorge will be the place to be today; by noon, the wind climbs to 21-24 from Stevenson to Mosier. Mid-afternoon westerlies rise to 24-27 from Stevenson to Rufus. River flow is 384kcfs (too much for the Rufus stretch) and temp is 56 degrees.

Tuesday sees a weak weather system move inland north of the Gorge. This will probably decrease wind quality somewhat. Still… it’ll be another windy day. Morning westerlies kick off at 11-14 from Viento to Hood River. Other locations see 5-10. By midday, you can expect 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier. Afternoon wind gets a nudge form this weather system, giving us gusty 23-27 from Stevenson to Avery (probably not so great near the Hatchery), 13-16 at Rufus (probably too much current), and light westerlies in the far eastern reaches of the Gorge.

Wednesday sees a nice marine push in the morning. That’ll aid the wind quality and strength, especially when combined with stronger offshore high pressure than the previous two days. The day starts with 12-15 from Viento to Hood River with light westerlies in other spots. Midday: 19-22 from Stevenson to Mosier. Afternoon: 23-26 from Stevenson to Doug’s with 10-13 east of there.    

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast (swell forecast provided by NWS). Jones Monday: 21-24. Tuesday: 19-22. Wednesday: 19-22. Sauvie’s Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: 13-16. Wednesday: 10-13. Coast (north/central/south) Monday: 10-15/20-25/30-35, NW swell 3′ at 9 seconds and S 3′ @ 14 seconds. Tuesday: NW10/15-20/30-35+, NW 4′ @ 8 and SW 3′ @ 16. Wednesday: 15-20/25-30/30-35, NW 5′ @ 10.    

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: Open for day use only.

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: Still closed.
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

Clear sky this morning stays that way. Temps will be near 50 early and near 70 in the afternoon. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday starts out sunny and picks up some high clouds later. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday starts with partly cloudy low clouds and ends with partly cloudy high clouds. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Next chance of rain is Friday or next weekend.     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 6/1: Post Canyon: no parking in HRC forests (staging areas, or anywhere) with the exception of Seven Streams Staging Area, which is on State Parks land. Confused? Yup, that’s it – more parking should return soon. 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. 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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