Sunday: rest day for some of you, just right for others!

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 June 28, 2020

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Statement on Racial Justice

Black Lives Matter. I say that with no reservations and no caveats, and I stand with Black, indigenous, and other people of color against structural racism, against mass incarceration, against police violence, against unequal treatment, against outright racism, and against any other sorts of targeted behaviors or systems. It is also Pride month. Queer Black lives matter. I will be donating 10% of income from this website this month to the National Black Justice Coalition. I encourage you to do the same.

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.    


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 12-15 12-15 12-15
Swell-Hood River 15-18 15-18 15-18 15-18
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 12-15 12-15 g22-25 g22-25
Rufus, etc. 22-25 22-25 12-15 12-15
Roosevelt & Arlington 22-25 22-25 10-13 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Yesterday certainly played out as expected with super strong wind and giant rollers. If you wore yourself out, don’t worry too much; less wind today means you can take a break. Very strong wind returns for Monday and Tuesday. If you lost a twin-tip kiteboard somewhere east of Swell City and west of the Hood River Bridge yesterday, please send me an email. I may have it.

Clouds will stick around over much of the region for much of the day as a trough of low pressure holds sway over the eastern half of the Northwest. It’s likely that weather system will bring rain to areas east of The Dalles this afternoon. Thunder is also a slight possibility. All this, of course, will affect the wind. For the morning, expect 15-18 or so from Stevenson to Avery with 22-25 from Maryhill to Arlington. The wind will likely drop out east this afternoon. Call it 10-13 east of Celilo. It appears there may be a narrow region of opportunity for windsports between Mosier and Avery in the afternoon; gusty 22-25 is the forecast there. Western Gorge later today: 12-15. River flow is 312kcfs and temp is 62 degrees.

Offshore high pressure combines with a deep marine layer and desert low pressure on Monday for another nuker of a day. Expect 13-16 from Stevenson to Hood River, where it will be cloudy, to start the day. East of the clouds, Mosier to Arlington, you’ll find 23-26. If you like it light, get it early; afternoon westerlies are headed for 32-6 from Mosier to Blalock Canyon. Will Arlington join in? Hard to say. Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly won’t be not-windy there – maybe just not nuking.

Deeper clouds push in on Tuesday as another low moves inland. That keeps the western Gorge in clouds and under the marine layer all day. Call lit 14-17 max in the west and… wait for it… 28-32 from Mosier to Threemile. Looking at the long-range forecast, details get muddier the deeper into the future we peer; however, it does look windy through Saturday, at least.    

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Sunday: NW10-15/NW10-15/N20-30, NW swell 8′ at 9 seconds. Monday: W5/LTW/N20-30, NW 8′ @ 10. Tuesday: NW10/NW5-10/N20-30, NW 7′ @ 9. Jones sunday: 19-22. Monday: 16-19. Tuesday: 5-10. Sauvie Island Sunday: 10-13. Monday: NW15-18. Tuesday: NW 12-15.    

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

Mostly cloudy sky stays that way and may add a sprinkle or two. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. Monday looks partly cloudy to start and then sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Strong westerlies. 1% chance of morning rainbows. Tuesday looks cloudy in the morning with scattered showers and partly cloudy later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and near 70 in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 5% chance of 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!    

Sprinter Van of the Week!


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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!