Thursday: westerlies continue…

Posted by
 July 2, 2020

Thank you for using this forecast. Like it? Find it useful? Support it (and me!) by sending some cash my way. Why should you keep doing this when you’re under a stay-at-home order? Because my bills don’t stop – I hope you’ll consider contributing even though the world has ground to a standstill. That’ll keep the forecast going through this crisis, and it’ll mean the forecast is here when we all emerge from our homes. What’s it cost to support me and get the email version? Not $99 a year. Nope. Not $49. Just $19.99 or more gets you a year. Click below to contribute. Thank you!!

Credit card payments use this button

Click here to use your PayPal
Venmo: @theGorgeismyGym
Snail Mail: PO Box 841, Hood River, Oregon 97031
(note: I am not a non-profit entity. The only way to accept credit cards with a user-defined amount is to use the ‘donate’ button. Thanks for understanding!)

Auto-renewing subscription. New! Awesome!


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 12-15 12-15 15-18 23-26
Swell-Hood River 12-15 15-18 23-26 18-22
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 12-15 12-15 23-26 23-26
Rufus, etc. 12-15 12-15 23-26 23-26
Roosevelt & Arlington 19-23 19-23 13-16 13-16

Gorge Wind Forecast

Our overall weather pattern is doing a slow shift towards something less conducive to nuking wind and more conducive to moderate westerlies. In other words, there’s no sign of the wind stopping any time soon! For Thursday, expect a cloudy start to the day in the west, but the clouds should burn off in time for the wind to fill in for the Corridor. Morning westerlies will be up-and-down 10-15 from Stevenson to Doug’s (exception: 20+ at Viento). As sunshine becomes more prevalent, western Gorge westerlies pick up. Expect 23-26 this afternoon from Stevenson to Avery with 10-13 east of there. River flow this morning is 268kcfs and temp is 61 degrees.

Offshore high pressure still exerts influence on Friday, keeping the westerlies clipping along. Expect 10-13 everywhere from Stevenson to Arlington in the morning, giving you a chance to do your light wind thing. The central Gorge, all along the Corridor, will likely be cloudy to start the day. Once those clouds burn off, the wind returns. Afternoon westerlies pick up to 24-27 from Stevenson to Rufus with 10-13 east of John Day Dam.

Looking at the weekend, we see a weak low pressure system drop south from Vancouver Island into the offshore waters of Oregon and Washington. High pressure off the Cali coast will likely still keep a tenuous hold over the PNW, which will keep the westerlies going. Saturday morning starts with light westerlies all through the Gorge, perhaps 5-8. The wind picks up to gusty 19-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the afternoon with 5-10 east of there. Sunday’s forecast has been bouncing around quite a bit; it currently looks like 22-26 from Stevenson to Arlington.

Looking deeper into the future, it appears that offshore high pressure flexes and poses on Monday and Tuesday, taking the westerlies back into the “strong” range. Model ensembles are about 80-85% in agreement on this.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Thursday: LTW/NW10/N30-35, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Friday: LTW/NW5-10/15-20, NW 4′ @ 9. Saturday: LTW/LTW/LTN, NW 4′ @ 8. Jones Thursday: 5-8. Friday: 5-8. Saturday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 12-15. Saturday NW 10-13.    

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 this morning clears by afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks mostly cloudy early and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday starts out clear and ends with high clouds and a possibly colorful sunset. Temps will be in the mid 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.    


Trail update 6/29: In Post Canyon, Uptrack (150) has reopened. Eldorado is taking longer than expected, but is hopefully opening this week. 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!    

Sprinter Van of the Week!


Click here for the Sprinter Van map of the world!!!    

Local Events

This is Fourth of July week, and normally there would be lots of events. Not this year. We do have the following: weekly sailboat races at the Hood River Marina on Wednesday evening. The Post n’ Pint group bike ride leaves Dirty Fingers at 5:30 on Thursday. There are fireworks in The Dalles this year, but you’ll have to disperse yourself to watch them; no centralized viewing area will be available. There’s a fishing tournament at Celilo on Sunday. There’s mower racing in Wamic on Saturday and Sunday.     Click here for the full events calendar.    

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. In June, I donated 10% of the income from this forecast to the National Black Justice Coalition. I encourage you to find a cause and contribute too. Don’t have financial resources? Speak up!

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!