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Saturday: wind of all speeds for humans of all preferences

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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
Patrol
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11:30a
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3pm
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dusk
Rooster Rock OPEN! naked buns rejoice!
Steven’s Locks 5-10 13-16 21-24 27-31
Swell-Hood River 10-13 21-24 27-31 27-31
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 13-16 21-24 27-31
Rufus, etc. 5-10 13-16 21-24 27-31
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 13-16 21-24 27-31

Gorge Wind Forecast

Quite a few changes appeared in the forecast for the week during this last model run. We’ll talk about that in a bit. One of the consequences is slightly lighter wind for today, but still plenty for you to get on the water. Bonus: at some point today, the wind will be exactly the right strength to please you!

Morning wind starts out quite light, except at Viento which will be in the teens to start the day. We’ll see a steady build through the morning; by 11am, westerlies pick up to 21-24 from Stevenson to Mosier. A front approaches the coast this afternoon, limiting high temps in the metro area. Nothing limits the development of a heat low over the desert and Nevada. This pressure difference drives afternoon westerlies at 27-31 from Stevenson to Threemile. One caveat: approaching frontal systems can cause problems in the wind near Swell. It’s about 50/50 that we’ll see the wind drop off there at some point. If that happens, no worries – it’ll be windy everywhere else, and it’ll blow until dark! River flow is 209kcfs, and temp is 64 degrees.

That frontal system drags clouds all the way past Hood River on Sunday morning. Light wind all through the Gorge results. By mid-morning, westerlies pick up to 10-13 from Hood River to Rufus. Afternoon: 22-25 from Stevenson to Rufus. It’s going to take quite a while for the clouds to burn off. Steadiest wind will likely be found east of Hood River.

Monday’s westerlies have backed off in this model run. As of this morning, the prediction is 7-10 to start and 13-16 in the afternoon from Stevenson to Hood River. Given the vast changes in this morning’s run, I’ll just say that westerlies stick around for the week, likely in the upper teens to low 20’s, but that could change as we get closer. Enjoy your weekend on the water!    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Saturday: W5/NW5/N15-20, W swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Sunday: 15-20/20-25/25-30, NW 4′ @ 8. Monday: 20-25/20-25/30-35, NW 4′ @ 8. Jones Saturday: 13-16. Sunday: 12-15. Monday: 14-17. Sauvie Island Saturday: 16-19. Sunday: 12-15. Monday: 14-17.    

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

Washington:
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

Clear sky today stays that way until tonight, when it gets cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Light wind early. Strong westerlies later. No rainbows. Sunday looks cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Light wind early. Moderate wind later. No rainbows. Monday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Light to 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.    

Cycling

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. On Monday evenings, Cheno will be teaching free (or by donation) outdoor workouts at Hood River Valley High School. 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!

Temira

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.