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Troughing versus Ridging-a tale of two opposites

In the blog just prior, we are talking about surface pressures and the effects on winds as we experience them in the short term. This post is dealing with more long term patterns and how they may relate to our

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Gorge Goes Great!

Combo of massive NPH and unusual venting thermal low in Basin promise strong wind! by Mike Godsey Most models and forecasts promise strong wind this Friday and through the weekend. You all know the mantra: high pressure over the ocean extending towards

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Gorge & Sherman Island blast. Southern California winds are limp.

Rough Draft Yea, you read about upper ridges and upper troughs all time in the forecast. Let’s see them in action! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Check it out! The top image songs gusty winds in the mid 20’s range all day at Sherman

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Battle between the NPH’s NNW and NNE winds…

The Bay wins today but mostly loses tomorrow. While the Gorge sees beautiful warm weather but no wind. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Typically when the iwindsurf.com forecast mentions a ridge from the NPH and NW ocean winds but NNE winds aloft over the

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What the hell is a ridge?

Whatever it is the ridge will impact the wind and weather in the Bay Area, the Gorge, Southern California and even Baja today. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Today the Bay Area some sites will see mild upper teens wind at best, Southern California will have morning

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Understanding Baja winds

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North Pacific High takes refuge in winter vacation home.

San Carlos, Baja Norte is center of the wind universe. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Ever wondered where the North Pacific High goes to when it abandons the California coast in late fall? Sometimes it just disappears from the pacific but more often it

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Hawaii and hurricane Ana…

Trade winds give way to Hurricane winds.  by Mike Godsey, Hurricane Ana currently a modest hurricane SW of Hawaii should have at least 75 knot winds by this weekend. And it’s modeled trajectory has it coming right over Maui. The

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To the west Super Typhoon Vongfong, to the east the North Pacific High

We tend to think that strong things come in big packages but… by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Looking to the east in this video from Oct. 11, 2014 notice the North Pacific High. The NPH spans well over 3000 miles from the Oregon Border

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The North Pacific High pushes a ridge inland that evolves into high pressure in the Great Basin

In response N to NE winds develop in The Gorge, Southern California, Bay Area and Baja. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Yep, its fall and the winds begin a ramp down in The Gorge, Southern California, Bay Area. But in Baja we are  seeing

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