Saturday: windy, very wind, wind-advisory windy!

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 June 27, 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 10-13 22-26 28-31 28-31
Swell-Hood River 10-13 22-26 28-31 28-31
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-15 20-25 30-33 30-33
Rufus, etc. 26-29 26-29 30-35+ 30-35+
Roosevelt & Arlington 26-29 26-29 30-35+ 30-35+

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s going to be a windy stretch, and a lot of you are headed this way. Please remember that there is a pandemic going on. Maintain social distancing. Don’t congregate in groups and hang out at the beaches. Rig, ride, go home. Sure, that’s not as much fun, but hanging around drinking beer and socializing in close contact, even outdoors, presents the possibility for virus transmission. On to the good news: lots of wind in the forecast!

Saturday’s going to be a very windy day through much of the Gorge despite the light-wind, chore-friendly weather in the Hood River area this morning. That’s perfect for the Swell City work party hosted by CGW2 this morning at 9am. Early gradients were .13 and .07, signaling that you’ll find wind anywhere you go. Morning reading from Pacific Ocean high pressure: 1034mb. Excellent! As for the wide coverage of wind today – yay for lack of crowds and the ability to keep distance from others! Expect morning wind at 26-29 from Doug’s to Arlington (perhaps Mosier too) with gusty 15-20 in the west with more at Viento. Afternoon: 30-35 from Stevenson to Arlington. River flow is 257kcfs, and temp is 63 degrees.

Sunday will be cloudy all day as a low moves inland and eventually sets up in the eastern Gorge. This weather makes for tricky forecasting and a high chance of the wind under-performing due to low-level instability; afternoon thunderstorm chances are non-zero all the way from Cascade Locks to Boardman. Morning westerlies will likely be 12-15 from Stevenson to The Dalles with a non-zero chance of sprinkles in that zone. East of there, you'[ll find 23-26 in the morning. Don’t’ rush to drive east; as that low moves into the desert in the afternoon, the wind will most likely drop off. Best guess for the afternoon is gusty 21-26 from Viento to Doug’s, 12-15 at Stevenson, and 10-13 east of The Dalles.

We’re back to “classic Gorge setup” for Monday and Tuesday: morning clouds, strong offshore high pressure, and very strong westerlies. Current forecast is for average speeds to max out at 32-26 from Swell to Roosevelt on Monday and 29-33 east of Hood River on Tuesday.    

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Saturday: NW10/NW10/N20-25+, NW swell 6′ at 9 seconds. Sunday: NW15/NW10-15/N25-30, NW swell 9 ‘ @ 10. Monday: W5-10/W5/N20-25, NW 7’ @ 10. Jones Saturday: 10-13. Sunday: 12-15. Monday: 13-16. Sauvie Island Saturday: NW13-16/14-17/15-28.    

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 turns clear this afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and low 70’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Sunday will be cloudy with a chance of sprinkles in the morning. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 2% chance of rainbows. Monday looks partly to mostly cloudy early and sunny later. Strong west wind, maybe nuking. 9% chance of morning 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.    


Trail update 6/15: In Post Canyon, Uptrack (150) has reopened. Eldorado should reopen sometime next week. 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

Events this weekend include a beach cleanup and work party at Swell City this morning from 9 to noon. The third race in the Vortex paddle series runs from Stevenson to Home Valley tomorrow, Dirty Fingers Bike Shop has the Sunday Service gravel ride in the Gifford Pinchot, and the 503Basserz tournament is at the Hood River Marina.     Click here for the full events calendar.

Have an awesome day!