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Winter arrives and the North Pacific High departs while…

Storms dominate northern pacific by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Remember this summer when the North Pacific High dominated the waters between the west coast and Hawaii? Back then wind most days was a given. So where did the Southern California,

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Big East winds in western Gorge created by….

Major wintery storm off the coast. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com There are a number of causes of east winds in the Gorge. The most common cause in early fall is the departure of the North Pacific High from

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Washington/ Oregon Seeing a Powerful 1-2 Punch this Weekend.

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By Weatherflow meteorologist Shea Gibson Washington and Oregon have been seeing some very strong winds and dangerous conditions since yesterday and into today. The strong wind belt aloft known as the “North Pacific Jet” (NPJ for short) is taking a

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Hurricanes: Friends and Foes.

Warm water friend, Topography Foe. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Hurricane Newton has been sliding up Baja’s Sea of Cortez the last few days and passed near La Ventana and Los Barriles will few reports of damage despite strong winds and

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Gorge winds: Autopsy of a “blown away” forecast.

Why does a “good” forecast go “bad”? by Mike Godsey, mike@ AT iwindsurf.com So take a look at Ben’s forecast update for the Gorge yesterday at 11:30 for the corridor winds. And looking at the Swell City wind graph you

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The Heat is on! Then the bubble bursts!

Where does the heat come from and why does it end with a blow. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com So I was at Stevenson late yesterday afternoon waiting for the faint east winds to turn to cooling mild west

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Gorge winds summer 2016: Feast or Famine!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION  The answer lies with wavy jet stream. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com At the Hatchery this 2016 summer season 2 topics beyond the endless chatter about sail sizes are common. Most common are: 1. Why aren’t we getting the consistent 4.2

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Anatomy of a tough Gorge forecast

Timing is everything! by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com I avoid forecasting for the Gorge for a number of reasons. The two biggest reasons are that it takes about 2-4 years of forecasting in a new area to learn how

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Wet Microburst in Chandler, AZ shows 116mph winds.

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By WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson Ever been in a thunderstorm and a sudden burst of strong winds and rain comes down at the same time? This is called a “wet microburst”, which packs quite a punch when it comes to

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The big picture of the eastern pacific on a strange day

The video for today July 10 shows what a major North Pacific High looks like on a typical April and July and September day. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com In April the NPH is often huge and is often interacting with

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