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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

Old North Pacific High crushed into 2 parts by storm system.

But sliver of the NPH keeps modest NW near the Bay by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com This animation is chock full of weather action. First note the massive “new” North Pacific High north of Hawaii and its clockwise spinning winds. Typically this high

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Cut-Off Low wobbling about west of California

forecast the fate of the North Pacific High becomes tricky. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Looking at the model animation below you can see the huge Cut-Off Low west of California. The SW winds created by this low will not impact the surface winds

Posted in 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

Current North Pacific High dies then new NPH arrives

Where does the North Pacific High go when the NW winds fade? by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Strong NW winds are a frequent visitor to the Northern California coast in the spring and early summer. These winds appear when the North Pacific High locates closer

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Spring North Pacific High

Despite an El Nino, a weird winter and abnormally high sea temps the NPH is behaving normally today. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Well this winter saw weird weather in windsurfing triangle from Maui to the Gorge to Baja. And the Bay Area

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Understanding Baja winds

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

Autumn, geese and North Pacific High depart to the south.

NW winds fade on the California coast. by Mike Godsey Its that time of year. The average location of the NPH drops south of the Bay Area and focuses west of the Southern California coast. And in the coming weeks

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

North Pacific High takes refuge in winter vacation home.

San Carlos, Baja Norte is center of the wind universe. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Ever wondered where the North Pacific High goes to when it abandons the California coast in late fall? Sometimes it just disappears from the pacific but more often it

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

Hawaii and hurricane Ana…

Trade winds give way to Hurricane winds.  by Mike Godsey, Hurricane Ana currently a modest hurricane SW of Hawaii should have at least 75 knot winds by this weekend. And it’s modeled trajectory has it coming right over Maui. The

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