Tuesday: another very, very windy day!

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 June 30, 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 g10-13 g13-16 g20-23 g20-23
Swell-Hood River g20-23 g20-23 g20-23 g20-23
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena g20-23 g20-23 g27-30+ g30-34
Rufus, etc. 26-29 28-32 32-37 32-37
Roosevelt & Arlington 26-29 28-32 32-37 32-37

Gorge Wind Forecast

Wow. What a day that was yesterday! And that’s why your forecast is late – this forecaster’s body needed some extra rest after sailing 2.9 all afternoon. If you missed yesterday, you can have today; you’ll just have to do some driving to get it. Strong westerlies continue through tomorrow. After that, the offshore picture changes, leaving us with lighter westerlies that please a wider range of Wind Johnnies.

For Tuesday, we have offshore high pressure at 1034mb and morning gradients of .10 and .10. Whatevers on the numbers. It’s going to be very windy in the desert today. The western Gorge, Stevenson to Mosier, stays locked in clouds all day. Under those clouds, you’ll find varying westerlies that max out in the low 20’s. East of there: 26-29 from Maryhill to Boardman this morning. By afternoon, clouds burn off a bit and the wind responds with zest. Call it 32-37 from Rowena to Plymouth. Remember that Roosevelt park is still closed to day use, as is Plymouth. Today’s river flow is 336kcfs which is likely “too much” for the Rufus section of river. River temp is 61 degrees.

Clouds stick around in the western Gorge all day Wednesday, again, sending you driving for wind. Westerlies hold at gusty 16-19 in the west all day. From Avery to Boardman, you’ll find 24-27 in the morning and 28-32 in the afternoon. Will the Lyle-Doug’s stretch join the party? It’s unclear, but easy to find out. When you’re ready to get on the water, drive that way and you’ll know if you have to keep on going!

On to Thursday – our friendly and steadfast offshore high pressure shifts south at the nudging of an incoming low. We’ll still have enough force across the Cascades for westerlies, but you’ll be able to select a larger wind weapon. Westerlies start at 20-23 in the west and 23-26 east of The Dalles. It appears the wind will drop off to 17-20 everywhere in the afternoon, perhaps dropping even more than that out east. Moderate westerlies, twenties of some sort, appear to continue through the weekend.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Tuesday: NW10/NW5/N25-30, NW swell 6′ @ 9 seconds. Wednesday: W5-10/LTW/N30-35, NW 7′ @ 10. Thursday: LTW/NW10/N25-30. NW 7′ @ 9. Jones Tuesday: 5-10. Wednesday: 5-8. Thursday: 10-13. Sauvie Island Tuesday: NW 13-16. Wednesday: nope. Thursday: 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

Cloudy sky sticks around all day Tuesday. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday will be cloudy all day. A few sprinkles are possible in the morning. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 6% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks cloudy early and sunny later. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 1% 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 6/29: 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!    

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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. 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 Saturday and Sunday.     Click here for the full events calendar.    

Statement on Racial Justice

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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!