Tuesday: mighty glassy out there this morning!

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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 LTV 14-17
Swell-Hood River LTV LTV LTV 14-17
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTV LTV LTV LTV
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Light westerlies on Tuesday slowly build through Saturday, assuming you’ve got faith in those long range models. High pressure over the region on Tuesday keeps the wind relatively light (it’ll be stronger at the coast if you’re in need of a fix). We’ll see light and variable wind this morning through early afternoon. Thermals late in the day kick the wind up to 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier or so. River flow is 233kcfs and temp is 64 degrees.

Wednesday starts out with 10-13 from Viento to Swell with light and variable wind everywhere else. Calm to light wind holds everywhere except Viento (maybe) through mid-afternoon, and then it starts to build. Afternoon westerlies rise to 22-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Wait till the evening, and you’ll have Rufus too.

Thursday sees a bit of a shift in the weather as a trough approaches the NW in the evening. This will give a little kick to the wind, but will probably (as often happens) be a little later than the models suggest now. Thursday morning starts with 13-16 from Viento to Swell. That holds most of the day. After 2pm, the wind picks up to 23-26 from Stevenson to The Dalles and 20-23 near Rufus.

Model ensembles don’t agree on the strength of the wind Friday and Saturday, but they do agree those will be the strongest days of the next five. The GFS operational run today is the bright light, giving us 29-33 at Swell on Friday and 26-29 on Saturday. Lighter wind is in the forecast for Sunday.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Tuesday: 15-20/25-30/30-40, NW swell 3′ at 6 seconds. Wednesday: 15-20+/25-30/35-40, NW 6′ @ 4. Thursday: NW10-15/15-20/30-35, NW 5′ @ 10. Jones Tuesday: 12-15. Wednesday: 21-24. Thursday: 24-27. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 14-17. Wednesday: 16-19. Thursday: 16-19.    

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

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

Sunshine sticks around all day Tuesday. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 80’s in the afternoon. Light wind most of the day. Moderate later. No rainbows. Wednesday looks sunny with mugginess in the afternoon. Temp will be near 60 early and near 90 later. Light wind most of the day. Moderate after 2pm. No rainbows. Thursday looks sunny. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and low 80’s later. Light to moderate wind early. Moderate to strong wind later. 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.    


Eldorado in Post Canyon has reopened. 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!    

Sprinter Van of the Week!


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Local Events

Cheno leads a workout at Hood River Valley High School every Monday at 6pm. There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday night at 5:30pm. The 1000 kilometer Race Across Oregon starts Friday, the HooptieX race is Saturday in Glenwood, and there’s a gathering of old Ford Pickups in Goldendale Saturday.     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!


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.