Sunday: windy, muggy, warm

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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 16-19 G21-25 G21-25
Swell-Hood River 10-13 16-19 G21-25 G21-25
Lyle to Doug’s 10-13 15-18 G21-25 G21-25
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 16-19 G21-25
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Not-quite-ideal, but still windy weather continues for the next couple of days. Moderate westerlies Sunday and Monday back off on Tuesday and return Wednesday through Friday with a shot at a stronger day in the eastern Gorge for Thursday.

Sunday involves clear sky for most of the day with an approaching trough dragging in high clouds this evening. Before we see the influence of that system on the sky, we’ll feel it in the wind. Expect gusty westerlies that underperform today. Morning wind will be in the 14-18 range from Viento to Swell with 10-13 or so at other locations, even all the way to Arlington. We’ll see the wind pick up this afternoon as desert heating outpaces city heating. Expect gusty 21-25 from Viento to Doug’s midday, filling in to Rufus in the afternoon. Stevenson will be 18-23, and Arlington will probably hold at 10-13, maybe a touch more. River flow is 165kcfs and temp is 69 degrees.

That trough moves through on Monday for another day of inconsistent westerlies. Morning wind will be 18-21 from Viento to Hood River with 10-13 to the east and west. Afternoon wind looks like 21-24 from Stevenson to Rufus. Make that “gusty” 21-24. Tuesday starts out much lighter, perhaps with 7-10. While the models aren’t calling for much in the afternoon, temp difference across the Cascades suggests otherwise. Let’s call it 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier, possibly to Doug’s. Wednesday: gusty 23-28. Thursday: cloudy and maybe even wet in the western Gorge with gusty 27-33 east of The Dalles.

Due to crowding and unsafe conditions at Port beaches, further restrictions are now in place. Remember: crowds lead to closures. First, kiting is no longer allowed at the Marina – it has become unsafe for other user groups. Third, Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you are likely to be ticketed. Next, parking has been further reduced along the waterfront – various restrictions are in place due to crowding at Frog Beach. The Nichols boat dock remains closed due to crowding.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Sunday: LTW/LTW/N10-15, W swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Monday: NW10/NW10/N20-25, W 3′ @ 9. Tuesday: 20-25/20-25/30-35, W 3′ @ 9. Jones Sunday: 21-24. Monday: 18-22. Tuesday: 18-22. Sauvie’s Sunday: 14-17 > 5pm. Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: 13-16.    

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

Skamania County
Stevenson East Point, Bob’s Beach, Boat ramp: all open
Home Valley: Open
Swell City: Open
Spring Creek Hatchery: Open
Klickitat County
Wunderbar: high water
Bingen Point: Open
Lyle: Police and tickets, oh my! Closed.
Doug’s Beach: Open
Avery: Open
Maryhill: Open for day use only..
The Wall: Open.
Roosevelt: Still CLOSED due to windstorm damage. (7/15)

Rooster Rock: Open
Viento: Open
The Hook: Open
Waterfront Park: Open
Event Site: Open. Parking limited on weekends.
The Spit: Open
The Marina: No more kiting here
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 this morning will likely pick up some high clouds late in the day. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and low 80’s later. Muggy. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Monday looks partly cloudy. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday looks sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 80’s later. Light 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.    


Motorized report: as of 8/1, Post Canyon is closed to motorized use due to fire danger. Other Post news: Eldorado is closed about 100 yards before the Mixed Tape intersection due to timber harvesting. HRATS will be putting in a short hike-a-bike to Uptrack to allow for riding up to the top of Bad Motor Scooter. The Rowena Curves are freshly chip-sealed, and so is Snowden Road. The new Whoopdee trail is being constructed. Contact HRATS if you would like to be part of some small and socially distanced work parties.    

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Local Events

There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday nights at 5:30pm. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Columbia High School in White Salmon at 6pm on Wednesday nights. That’s pretty much it for outdoor sports. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Wednesday evening at 6pm at 12th and May.   Click here for the full events calendar.    

Have an awesome day!


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.