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Wednesday: three days of westerlies, two days of oppositelies

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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
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster Rock OPEN! naked buns rejoice!
Steven’s Locks 18-22 18-22 18-22 18-22
Swell-Hood River 18-22 18-22 18-22 18-22
Lyle to Doug’s 13-16 13-16 22-25 22-25
Rufus, etc. 18-22 18-22 22-25 22-25
Roosevelt & Arlington 18-22 18-22 22-25 22-25

Gorge Wind Forecast

A weak cold front moving through on Wednesday morning sets us up with clouds, cooler weather, and moderate gusty westerlies. West wind sticks around Thursday and Friday before being replaced by hot weather and easterlies for the weekend.

Wednesday’s wind starts in the teens and twenties all through the Gorge. Stevenson and the Rowena are are in the mid teens, and everywhere else is in the low to mid twenties. Gradients support this with .10 (pdx-dls) and .07 (dls-psc). Westerlies eventually level out at gusty18-22 from Stevenson to Swell (Viento may over-perform) and gusty 22-25 from Mosier to Arlington this afternoon. River flow website is down this morning. Temp is 68 degrees. Clouds clear this afternoon. Hood River high temp: 74.

An offshore front continues the gustiness tomorrow, but sunshine should return for most of the day. Morning wind starts at 13-16 from Viento to Hood River. We’ll see a steady build to 24-27 from Stevenson to Avery with 18-22 near Rufus and light westerlies east of there. High temp: 76.

High pressure starts to build in on Friday. The metro area heats up in response, leading to a midday lull for the Gorge. Expect morning wind at 13-16 from Viento to Hood River. The wind may dip midday. It’ll return to 19-22 from Stevenson to Mosier mid-afternoon. Saturday and Sunday’s forecast currently looks like 100 degrees with easterlies at 20-25, giving this forecaster the opportunity for a couple days off!

Due to crowding and unsafe conditions at Port beaches, parking restrictions now apply Friday through Sunday. Remember: crowds lead to closures. Kiting is no longer allowed at the Marina – it has become unsafe for other user groups. Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you will be ticketed. Lyle: loved to death.    

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’st

Coast (north/central/south – swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind northerly except as noted). Wednesday: NW5-10/N15-20/N30, NW swell 5′ @ 10 seconds. Thursday: 10-15/20-25/30-40, NW 4′ @ 8. Friday: 20-25+/30-35/30-40, NW 4′ @ 7. Jones Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 6-9. Thursday: 10-14. Friday: 16-19.    

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

Washington:
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)

Oregon
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

Clouds start the day and should clear out later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s this afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday looks partly cloudy early and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 (brrrrr) early and in the mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps start in the low 50’s and end in the mid 80’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. The weekend looks hot with temps in the upper 90’s both days.    

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds start the day and should clear out later. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 70’s this afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday looks partly cloudy early and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 (brrrrr) early and in the mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps start in the low 50’s and end in the mid 80’s. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. The weekend looks hot with temps in the upper 90’s both days.     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.    

Cycling

8/10: Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and Underwood are closed due to fire danger. Respect the closures. 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.    

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Local Events

Weekly 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.    

Have an awesome day!

Temira

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.