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Change in the weather – Marine Surge, followed by Rain in the PNW

  This is the look of the Coast today as fog and overcast envelops the beaches, with cool southerlies, seen in this visible satellite image. See the graph of southerlies from Pacific City:  Lincoln City Roads End Live Cam, cloudy

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The North Pacific High takes a short vacation to it’s winter time home.

Northern California deprived of NW wind while Gorge lacks high pressure for the duration.  by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Funny how we take things for granted. Each year around late September the NW wind gradually becomes weaker and less reliable and by late

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Cat. 3 Hurricane Odile hits La Ventana and Los Barriles.

Imagery of hurricane  by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Hurricane Odile made landfall Sunday night as a Category 3 storm near Baja Sur’s Cabo San Lucas with an estimated intensity of 125 mph. Initial reports of extensive damage to some resorts but

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Gorge: cut-Off Low slides down the California coast so….

Big winds likely for the Gorge starting tomorrow. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Video #1 Winds at ≈ 18,000 ft. Today, Monday August 18: The Gorge has only low teen winds today . Looking at the video find the Gorge and notice

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Cut-Off Low brings woe….

Weak Gorge winds. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com There is an old saying in meteorology: A Cut-Off Low is a weatherman’s woe.  This is because Cut-Off Lows are very unpredictable and tend to meander around since they are cut off from

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Video: Nagging upper trough and upper high pressure bully the North Pacific High…

So weaker Gorge, Bay Area Peninsula & coast winds.  by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com The Columbia River Gorge and the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula and coast had a long spell of unusually weak winds the last 2 weak. Sometimes this was due to

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Videos: Monsoonal clouds threaten Gorge, Bay Area and Southern California winds.

High pressure over the western USA sends moist air above the west coast. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Several times each summer the exotic phrase “Monsoonal Clouds” appears in the forecast. For some of you the phrase is just greek for others

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Upper ridge blankets west coast by Monday.

How an upper ridge impacts Southern California, Gorge and Bay Area winds. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com In the first video we are looking at  a model projection of the upper level winds at the 500mb level (  around ≈ 18,000 ft.)  from

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Hurricane Amanda

Watch as Amanda sucks in wind from the NPH and SPH by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com  

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Upper ridge moves over California and Gorge bringing heat and weak winds.

Videos of the inbound upper ridge and the death of the North Pacific High then its rebirth next Friday. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com The next couple of days as you enjoy the warmth you will be reading forecast text about the

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