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Gorge and Oregon coast winds April 11

North Pacific High:  why the coast and the Gorge ripped yesterday. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com let’s take a quick look at the big picture behind yesterdays wind on the Oregon coast and in the Gorge. First, the simple concept of Gorge

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Gorge: Strong West wind yesterday, Strong East wind today.

How can the wind blow 20 to 30 knots WEST Sunday and 20-30 knots EAST Monday?  by Mike Godsey To understand this crazy 180 degree switch in wind direction you have to look at the big picture. Take a look at the video of

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, San Francisco

Fluky Conditions in VA

Just caught a good example in the VA area of conditions that reflect two of my staple bullet points in synoptic setups such as the one we are seeing today.  (*Heads up for fluky conditions / shifty directions as each

Posted in Cape Cod, Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Georgia, Coastal South Carolina, Columbia River Gorge, Connecticut, Delmarva, Long Island/SE New York, Long Island/SE NY, Massachusetts North Coast, New Jersey, Ontario- Simcoe, Ontario: Lake Erie, Ontario: Lake Ontario, Outer Banks of North Carolina, Rhode Island, SouthEastern North Carolina, Tidewater Virginia, Weather Blog

Autumn Storms into the Pacific Northwest

Record Breaking Fall Storms Autumn has wasted no time in asserting a cold wet hand on the Northwest this September.  The last two weekends of the month contained stormy weather, especially near the Coast. During three days, September 28-30,  a

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, Weather Blog

Cold Front

    Below the upper trough you see in this video from 11:15 today, Sept. 20 is the cold front that is creating strong SW wind just aloft and at Sherman Island. Tomorrow will see showers in the North Bay as this feature

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Cut-Off Low

Cut-Off Low compacts North Pacific High against coast setting the stage for strong wind in the Bay and the Gorge. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com In this video BELOW we are seeing satellite imagery from 7AM this morning. The sensors on this satellite

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, San Francisco

Analysis of a Pacific Northwest Marine Surge

Some marine surges are easy to track because the fog actually curves into the Lower Columbia River and you can basically watch the surge take place.  At other times the upper ridge is bringing crushing heat and the fog can’t

Posted in Columbia River Gorge

Wild, wet Gorge westerlies … why?

5 Sept 2013 – Columbia River Gorge – The forecast today calls for building strong and very gusty westerlies amidst abundant rain showers and thunderstorms. Why so? Notice the following slide …

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Poor August winds and upper level high pressure by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Perhaps you have noticed all the cranky comments perhaps brought on by the mostly crappy August winds. So for diversion let’s take a look at some of the major

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Cut-Off Low dies

Celebrate or lament the death of the August 17 to 22 Cut-Off Low? by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com The formation of Cut-Off Lows are fascinating and you can see this one being created by scrolling down through recent blogs. But today, August

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco