Monday: wind to start your week!

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 July 6, 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 16-20 22-25 18-22
Swell-Hood River 17-20 21-25 26-30 18-22
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 17-20 26-30 26-30
Rufus, etc. 10-13 17-20 26-30 26-30
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 17-20 26-30 26-30

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies continue for the extended forecast, although the strength and quality may decline after Tuesday, giving you a chance to use some bigger gear or try a different sport. For Monday, we have marine clouds in Portland, offshore high pressure, and a developing heat low in southern Oregon and associated areas. All this combines in the afternoon for strong wind. We start the day with .09 and .05 with 1032mb offshore. In response, river wind is 17-20 from Viento to Mosier with 10-13 in other locations. Models have pushed back the strongest wind and also decreased it a bit; midday brings 22-25 from Stevenson to Avery. Afternoon: 27-31 from the Wunderbar to Arlington until sunset. Models are hinting at a drop-off into the 18-22 range from Stevenson to Swell. Hopefully they, and I, are wrong about it! River flow: 194kcfs. Temp: 62 degrees.

Tuesday starts with marine clouds all the way to Hood River. Those clouds are reinforced in the evening by an approaching cold front. To find the strongest wind, go east. Westerlies hold at 14-17 all day under the clouds. Morning wind east of the clouds, from Lyle to Arlington, will be 24-27. Afternoon westerlies pick up to 28-32 from Rowena to Threemile, but the quality will likely be impacted negatively by this approaching cold front.

Marine clouds persist through midday Wednesday before clearing off. The day starts with very light west wind, giving you a chance to do whatever people do when there’s no wind. By midday, expect 13-16 from Stevenson to Hood River followed by 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the afternoon. Areas east of there will likely stay below 10mph.

Thursday looks like the lightest wind day. A series of weak weather systems may move through Friday through Sunday, giving us stronger westerlies.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Monday: W5/NW10/N15-20, S swell 5′ @ 16 seconds. Tuesday: W5/W5/N15-20, S 4′ @ 15. Wednesday: NW10/NW10/N30-35, SW 3′ @ 10. Jones Monday: 12-15. Tuesday: LTW. Wednesday: LTW. Sauvie Island Monday: 14-17. Tuesday: calm. Wednesday: 9-12.    

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

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

Mostly clear sky this morning turns totally clear later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with sprinkles possible in the evening. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 5% chance of rainbows. Wednesday looks cloudy to start and clear in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate 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.    


Eldorado in Post Canyon has reopened. 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

Not so many events are happening due to this pandemic. There are sailboat races on Wednesday evenings. Dirty Fingers has the weekly Post N’ Pint ride on Thursday evenings and Sunday Service gravel rides. If you want to do trail work, contact HRATS; they are doing small, socially distanced work parties on the new Whoopdee trail.     Click here for the full events calendar.    

Statement on Racial Justice

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I pledge to speak out against racism, and I pledge to be a humble ally who is willing to look at the ways that I benefit personally from racist structures in this society. I will continue to speak up and help wake up others, and I will listen quietly when people of color need me to.

I ask that all of you also reflect on the ways you benefit from racist societal structures. I recommend reading “White Fragility” and “How to be an Anti-Racist”. Don’t have much time? Read “Unpacking the Knapsack of White Privilege”. Watch the movie “13th”. When others confront you about your racism, take a deep breath, listen quietly, and attempt to quell your natural defensiveness. We have been raised in a society founded on slavery and racism. These values (and yes, some people hold them as values) remain entrenched in our society in subtle and not-so subtle ways. I challenge you to learn to see them so that you can learn to undo them. We can’t undo the damage that’s been done, and we don’t have the right to ask for forgiveness, but we can work to create a more equitable world going forward.    

Have an awesome day!