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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

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

Please explain why/ how wind at 18,000 feet effects the ground wind..?

I was hoping no one would ask that question… by Mike Godsey, mike at iwindsurf.com Posted: 09 Jun 2016 17:35 U2U2U2 wrote: I’m not a meteorologist . Please explain why/ how wind at 18,000 feet effects the ground wind..? Hi U2U2U2,

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Is El Niño finished?

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by WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson As many now, we had quite a strong El Niño develop in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean as Sea Surface temperatures soared to 3.1°C above normal (tying the previous record from 1997).  Normal is considered

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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

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

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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