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Videos: Monsoonal clouds threaten Gorge, Bay Area and Southern California winds.

High pressure over the western USA sends moist air above the west coast. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Several times each summer the exotic phrase “Monsoonal Clouds” appears in the forecast. For some of you the phrase is just greek for others

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

Bay Area SW flow continues….

North Pacific High’s north winds maintain an eddy. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Welcome to July 1994! Like the last several centuries the San Francisco Bay Area is having the normal July SW flow with a deep marine layer! Today that moist  chilly

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Giant eddies SW winds fight NPH’s NW winds and the victor is….

The NW winds RULE this afternoon! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com See the barely spinning 200 mile in diameter eddy NW of the Bay Area. The last several days this eddy was just west of the Bay Area. Since the winds are circulating counter-clockwise around

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Video: Upper trough, inbound from the pacific, hits Gorge and Bay Area June 2.

Decreasing temps and increasing clouds marine layer and SW wind aloft. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com

Posted in Cape Cod, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Upper ridge blankets west coast by Monday.

How an upper ridge impacts Southern California, Gorge and Bay Area winds. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com In the first video we are looking at  a model projection of the upper level winds at the 500mb level (  around ≈ 18,000 ft.)  from

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

Two videos: North Pacific High returns to Bay Area waters Saturday

So NW flow ramps up on our coast and the Peninsula. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Every read the phrase “tomorrow the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds will slide up the coast from  Southern California and focus  on the Bay Area” and wondered

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

This Thursday zonal flow gives way to an upper trough pattern.

So the endless Northern California NW ocean wind fades and SW flow and marine layer clouds ramp up in the Bay Area and Southern California by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com In the previous video blog on Zonal Flow we saw why the Bay Area wind pattern

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

What is “Zonal Flow”

Why do the forecasts sometimes look almost exactly the same from day to day? by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com You know all that geek talk about upper troughs and upper ridges? And how upper trough bring cooling, SW flow and a

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Upper ridge targets Southern California

Mild warm up brings improved local sea breezes Friday by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com You often see the words “Upper level ridge brings warming to Southern California so the inland valleys warm and the pressure gradient ramps up” And probably the geek Upper level ridge

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

Where are California NW ocean winds?

North Pacific High makes an early move to its summer home. But is should return, briefly…… by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Every spring  the North Pacific High slowly moves up the coast from west of Baja ending up west of the Pacific Northwest.

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco