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While the North Pacific High vacations…

The Bay Area winds idle as Cut-Off Low forms by Mike Godsey Remember the wild winds of last week that impacted the west coast from the Gorge to the Bay Area to Southern California to Baja? Those winds came from the

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Cut-Off Low trumps forecast confidence.

Forecast becomes iffy with a possible Cut-Off Low in the picture. by Mike Godsey Take a look at the extended forecast to the right for rest of the week in the first image! Doesn’t it drive you crazy when forecasters use

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DON’T STOP!!! It feels soooo good! The demise of the North Pacific High.

How can endless NW winds…end? Mike Godsey You know the feeling. Your muscles ache from day after day on the water. Your blistered hands say “no more”. Yet you pray to the wind gods “DON’T STOP” It seems that for endless days the North

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3PM, April 25, 2016: The West RIPS!

Southern California, Maui, S. F. Bay Area and the Columbia Gorge see winds in the 20-30 knot range at the same time. by Mike Godsey Winds in the Columbia River Gorge in the 20-30 knot range are common. But they are

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Cold front sweeps across California…

Post frontal NW clearing winds develop Saturday. by Mike Godsey Sunday: (updated Thursday April 21 at bottom of blog) If you have lived east of the Rockies you were constantly hearing broadcast meteorologist talk about cold fronts and thunderstorms heading towards

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Genesis: Whence the North Pacific High, it’s wind and pressure gradient.

Baja, Gorge, SoCal, Bay Area, Maui…it all starts at the ITCZ by Mike Godsey This blog is a more detailed and imagery based version of a recent forum post. You have probably wondered where the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds

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Hell Hath No Fury Like Our Ocean’s Warmth

By Meteorologist Kerry Anderson My forecast shift at Weatherflow ended on a Tuesday.  Just 72 hours ago I made sure to check the Mexican Tropics to see if there was any possibility of a storm that might develop that could

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West Coast Wind Blog: Why is the fog sometimes over the towers of the Golden Gate and sometime below the roadway?

Let’s send up a balloon for the answer! Weather balloon: Sacramento, CA by Mike Godsey & Kerry Anderson Whether you live in the S. F. Bay Area, Southern California or the Columbia River Gorge you can’t help but notice that the

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West Coast Wind Blog: Heat impacts winds for Southern California, Bay Area and the Gorge.

Heat producing upper ridge causes surface thermal trough to expand over all 3 venues weakening wind. by Mike Godsey Take a look at today’s forecast for Southern California, The Gorge and the Bay Area. All three have HEAT as the

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West Coast Wind Blog: The Gorge’s recent local sea breezes

The Gorge’s local sea breezes are an important but rarely visible part of the wind machine but they star in late summer. by Mike Godsey The Gorge wind machine is a complex beast driven by a bunch forces ranging from

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