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West Coast Wind Blog: In wake of passing cold front we see rare late fall NW clearing winds.

Massive North Pacific High brings NW winds to most of the California coast by Mike Godsey Yep it is mid fall the time of fading winds on the California coast as the North Pacific High shrinks and moves southward away from

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Why are we seeing late season NW clearing winds.

The Pacific is hot and hurricanes common. by Mike Godsey Surely at this point you are wondering what the hell is going on with NW clearing winds in late Oct. Here are some quick insights: Take a look at Kerry’s

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

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

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Weather Blog Tagged with: ,

West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off Low dies, NW winds build

Watch as an upper trough sucks up a Cut-Off Low. by Mike Godsey In this first animation we are seeing the Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. that is currently west of Southern California. Cut-Off Lows are called such since

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Huge windless blob gives way to fall North Pacific High

Endless Cut-Off Low kills surface wind then ejects… NPH fills in.   by Mike Godsey (If all you care about is the coming NW wind skip all this jargon and imagery and scroll down to the bottom animation!) Considering it

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Post Mortem of a Forecast that was DOA

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson Today my headline said “Weak gradients = weak winds” instead this is what beachgoers experienced. So I got the forecast right up until about noon and then everything hit the skids. It is unusual to see

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

West Coast Wind Blog: Wimpy North Pacific High goes big tomorrow.

Yep! NW clearing winds in Oct! by Mike Godsey For many days a weak surface low pressure has been blocking the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds from reaching the Bay Area. Finally yesterday the upper trough at ≈ 18,000

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Jet Streaks, Trough + Linda = Wild Winds for San Diego

by Meteorologist, Kerry Anderson It has been a busy morning keeping up with forecasting the winds for San Diego.  That is not typically a statement that we would make here at Weatherflow.  Usually San Diego is known for mild winds

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

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

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

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

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