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Bay Area Wind Blog: NPH ridge kills winds: Gorge and Bay Area

Heat producing ridge kills most sites but Jones Beach and Bay sites near coast still see wind. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com All signs point to a real warm up and light wind forecast for the Gorge and most the S. F.

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, San Francisco

Gorge wind: 1.5 hours from ecstasy to weirdness.

Why are the Hatchery/Swell winds often fluky in the early morning, then GREAT mid morning to early afternoon and then become WEIRD especially during a heat wave? by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com If you use my “Bluff Reports” you will often note

Posted in Columbia River Gorge

Bay Area Wind Blog: WTH is Monsoonal moisture?

A visual guide: What’s with those dirty thin clouds above the marine layer clouds. by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Yesterday Ben did a great job showing the impact of the current monsoonal pattern on Southern California so today I will cover the Bay

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

The Thursday Waddell forecast: bust or boom…

The sensor reading says the winds ramped up to a useful range. But… by Mike Godsey, mike (at) iwindsurf.com Update 7AM Friday: Feedback was that the Waddell forecast for late winds was spot on! Whew! If you look at the

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

Praying for a bad forecast since…

We need the Waddell winds to RIP! by Mike Godsey, mike at iwindsurf.com I am hoping this turns out to be one of my worst forecasts ever and the winds RIP the entire contest time. But… As forecast the North

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

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

Posted in Columbia River Gorge

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

Posted in Columbia River Gorge

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

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

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

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

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

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