Tuesday: light wind today. More tomorrow.

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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 LTV 6-9 12-15
Swell-Hood River LTV LTV 6-9 12-15
Lyle to Doug’s LTV LTV 6-9 6-9
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Not much is happening on the river this morning, and not a whole lot more will happen for the rest of Tuesday. Want more wind? Wait until Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps also the three days after that.

For Tuesday, a troughy pattern sits over the inland PNW and limits the cross-Cascade pressure gradient. It looks like there may be just enough assist from offshore high pressure and thermal power this afternoon for wind in the teens. For the morning, expect light and variable wind through the Gorge. It may pick up to 6-9 midday from Stevenson to Hood River. On the other hand, it may not. Afternoon wind, despite lackluster predictions from the models, will likely rise to 12-15 from Stevenson to Hood River with 10-13 at Mosier. River flow is 103kcfs and temp is 69 degrees. High temp: 89.

On Wednesday, an offshore cold front moves towards the Northwest. This will low temps, especially on the west side, and provide the impetus for gusty westerlies. Morning wind will be 22-26 from Viento to Mosier with 10-13 near Stevenson and 14-17 from Lyle to Arlington. By late morning, we’ll see a short-lived bump to 25-29 near Swell before that fades to 18-22. Other locations hold on to the wind longer – Expect gusty 25-29 from Stevenson to Rufus with the strongest wind in the late afternoon near Rowena and Rufus. East of there: 15-18 at Arlington. High temp: 83.

That cold front moves through on Thursday morning. High pressure builds in behind. Clouds fill the western Gorge, probably to Mosier, all day long. Drizzle is likely west of Hood River. Morning wind will be 13-16 in the west and 24-28 east of The Dalles. The wind builds as the day goes on, maxing out in the afternoon and evening hours at 27-32 from Rowena to Threemile. West of Rowena, the wind falls to 10-13 under cloudy sky. High temp: 73.

As of today, the long range forecast calls for teens on Friday and mid twenties on Saturday and Sunday.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Tuesday: 15-20/15-20/30-35, W swell 3′ @ 9 seconds. Wednesday: LTW/LTW/30-35, W 3′ @ 9. Thursday: LTW/LTW/25-30, W 4′ @ 9. Jones Tuesday: 21-24. Wednesday: 15-28. Thursday: LTW. Sauvie Island Tuesday: 15-18. Wednesday: 15-18. Thursday: 7-10.    

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

Tuesday looks sunny and warm. Temps will be near 60 early and in the upper 80’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday starts with some high clouds and perhaps ends sunny before clouds return overnight. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and low 80’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday looks cloudy and cooler with a chance of light drizzle. Temps will be near 60 early and in the low 70’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 17% 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.    


8/4 Road and gravel news: the Fir Mountain Fire has areas north and east of Pine Grove limited to local traffic only. Also stay away from Fir Mountain Road, Old Dalles Road, and Huskey / Elder Roads. 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 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.