Category: Los Angeles

West Coast Wind Blog: The heat is on…

Weak winds for Southern California and the Bay Area with eddy woes! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Below is the Bay Area forecast for this weekend. Not very promising for most of the Bay Area and Southern California also has little

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Death of a Catalina Eddy and then….

NW winds move to the Southern California coast! by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com The Catalina Eddy is often a wind killer for strong westerly winds on the Southern California coast. But when the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

West Coast Wind Blog: A battle between a strong Catalina Eddy & powerful NW ocean winds…

The fate of the Southern California coast winds hinges on the victor and I guarantee that these 2 winds will not kiss and make up! by Mike Godsey Today, May 14, we saw a remarkable battle between two locally strong

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Understanding isobar maps using a topographic map analogy.

 

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Mild marine surge gives way to….

Huge North Pacific High dominates the pacific. by Mike Godsey Nice marine surge and SW flow underway today! Remember when that used to happen in July? In the top image today (below) you can see the SW flow over the

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

West Coast Wind Blog: The BOSS returns!

Wimpy marine surge retreats and the North Pacific High lords over the pacific! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Doesn’t it drive you crazy? So often our forecasts prattle on about weather events happening hundreds or even thousands of miles away or hundreds or

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Southern California rocks. The Bay Area dozes. The Gorge drips…

…As the North Pacific High takes an extended early spring vacation to the south. by Mike Godsey Compare the wind graphs for Waddell, normally one of the windiest spring sites in the Bay Area with Leo in Southern California.  Notice have about

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Mid Channel eddy off Santa Barbara

A quick look at one of the factors that makes Santa Barbara to Ventura wind forecasting so difficult. by Mike Godsey One of the variables that makes forecasting wind in the Isla Vista to Ventura Southern California zone is the

Posted in Los Angeles

West Coast Wind Blog: Long battered by storms passing to the north…

North Pacific High lords over the Pacific this Sunday! by Mike Godsey mike@iwindsurf.com This first animation from the blog I posted last Sunday shows the North Pacific High taking a beating from a succession of wintry storms NW of the

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Waiting for the return of strong NW winds…

The plight of the North Pacific High by Mike Godsey It happens every spring. After days of useful NW wind curving into the Southern California and Bay Area coastal windsurfing and kiting sites we enter a long wind drought. At

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco