Wednesday: clouds in the west, wind in the east

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 July 1, 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

Another windy day presents itself for your inspection today, but to get the best of it, you’ll have to drive eastward. The western Gorge sees up-and-down 14-17 all day today. Out east, and this morning that means east of Rufus, you’ll find 24-28 to start. Afternoon wind picks up to 28-32 from The Dalles to Boardman. River flow is 267kcfs and temp is 61 degrees.

Thursday starts out cloudy in the west and eventually clears. The power of our offshore high pressure will be dropping on Thursday, leading to lighter wind. Expect 12-15 in the west to start with 15-18 east of The Dalles. Afternoon wind drops to 10-13 in the eastern Gorge and picks up to 19-22 from Stevenson to Avery.

A weak low drops south along the Washington coast Friday, disrupting what has been a nearly-ideal setup for the Gorge. Our supportive high pressure regime drops southward as well, but should still have just enough connection to the PNW to keep the westerlies humming along. Expect 17-20 from Viento to Mosier to start the day with 7-10 at Stevenson and everywhere east of Mosier. Afternoon wind picks up to 24-28 from Stevenson to Arlington but is likely to drop to 18-21 at Swell after an hour or so of stronger westerlies. Looking at the weekend, moderate westerlies continue.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Wednesday: W10/LTW/20-30, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Thursday: W5/N10/N25-30, NW 8′ @ 10. Friday: NW10/NW10/N20-25, NW 4′ @ 9. Jones Wednesday: 5-8. Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 17-20. Sauvie Island Wednesday: NW10. Thursday: 15-18. Friday: 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 Wednesday morning stays that way with a few scattered sprinkles possible. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Light to moderate westerlies 4% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks cloudy until early afternoon and then sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 70’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.    


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. 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. It is also Pride month. Queer Black lives matter. I will be donating 10% of income from this website this month to the National Black Justice Coalition. I encourage you to do the same.

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!