Thrusday: hot, muggy, and windy.

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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 LTV 5-10 13-16 13-16
Swell-Hood River LTW 13-16 20-23 20-23
Lyle to Doug’s LTW 10-13 20-23 G24-27
Rufus, etc. LTW 10-13 20-23 G24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies continue despite the heat today, and they’ll increase as high temps drop tomorrow. You may be wishing for a rest day by the end of the weekend, as the wind will blow each and every day! Reminder – these are predictions for the average wind speed, not for the lulls, gusts, or range. For Thursday, expect a very hot and muggy day along with your wind. Viento is the only spot blowing at dawn. By mid-morning, we should see 15-18 from Viento to Swell, perhaps to Hood River as well. The wind slowly builds today, heading for gusty 22-26 from Hood River to The Dalles by the afternoon. Stevenson to Swell will probably be a bit lighter, holding in the 20-23 range. Rufus, very, very hot Rufus, joins in this evening with 24-27. The river stays calm, or close to it, east of there. River flow is 185kcfs and temp is 69 degrees. Cooler air finally fills the western half of the state on Friday. With heat still in the desert, we’re set for a day of strong westerlies. Expect 26-29 from Viento to Rufus to start the day. Afternoon wind will be gusty 28-32 most locations from Viento to Threemile, with the eastern Gorge peaking late. Some areas, such as Swell and Hood River, may be gusty, and may drop into the low 20’s due to the setup. Stevenson tops out at 23-26. Looking at Saturday, we see another round of gusty westerlies. Morning wind will be 22-26 from Viento to The Dalles with 18-22 in the eastern Gorge and 10-13 near Stevenson. We’ll see the wind settle at gusty 25-28 from Stevenson to Avery in the afternoon with 13-16 at Rufus and light and variable wind farther east. Sunday’s forecast is currently gusty 25-29. 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). Thursday: 10-15/5-10/10-15, W swell 3-4′ at 9 seconds. Friday: LTW/LTW/N10-15, W 4′ @ 9. Saturday: W5/W5/N15-20, W 3′ @ 12. Jones Thursday: 21-24. Friday: 20-23. Saturday: 13-16. Sauvie’s Thursday: 11-14. Friday: 15-18. Saturday: 11-14.    

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

Mostly clear sky this morning picks up some thunderheads this afternoon, but the chance of storms is slight. Temps will be in the upper 60’s early and upper 90’s later. Muggy. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and upper 80’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be sunny. Temps will be around 60 in the morning and in the mid 80’s later. Moderate to strong 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.    


Post Canyon update: 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. Syncline/Coyote Wall: Open. Mt. Hood National Forest: Open for day use. Everything from Gunsight Ridge down is open. 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. Ape Canyon: Open!    

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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. 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 5:30 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.