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Low pressure is always a good thing for thermal winds right?

Well… only if it is in the right place. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com   Up at ≈ 18,000 ft. feet a massive near record upper high pressure is expanding from Texas towards Southern California. Subsiding, descending, air from

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

Eddy RULES!

Today an eddy dominates Southern California and tomorrow the Bay Area winds. Why? Upper level winds! by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Imagery and text coming for Bay Area and Southern California. Turbines will  be spinning to southerly winds in the interior

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Please explain why/ how wind at 18,000 feet effects the ground wind..?

I was hoping no one would ask that question… by Mike Godsey, mike at iwindsurf.com Posted: 09 Jun 2016 17:35 U2U2U2 wrote: I’m not a meteorologist . Please explain why/ how wind at 18,000 feet effects the ground wind..? Hi U2U2U2,

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

Will the building ridge spell stronger sea breezes for Southern California?

by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson With the marine layer clouds so well formed we have the perfect conditions to pick out wind patterns by viewing the satellite picture.  This morning a large eddy has developed centered northwest of Catalina Island.

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

Waiting for the sunshine and winds. Still waiting…

by Meteorologist,  Kerry Challoner Anderson Let’s play the children’s game of finding what is the different about the two pictures above.  Well it won’t take you too long to notice that there has not been much change in the clouds

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

No Catalina Eddy for Southern California this morning…

Uh oh! Fast ramp up of a Catalina Eddy. by Mike Godsey One of the many things that makes Southern California forecasting difficult is the unpredictability of the Catalina Eddy. If there is an eddy then the Southern California coast

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego

Is El Niño finished?

SST

by WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson As many now, we had quite a strong El Niño develop in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean as Sea Surface temperatures soared to 3.1°C above normal (tying the previous record from 1997).  Normal is considered

Posted in Baja Guide, Cape Cod, Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Georgia, Coastal South Carolina, Columbia River Gorge, Connecticut, Delmarva, Long Island/SE New York, Long Island/SE NY, Los Angeles, Massachusetts North Coast, New Jersey, Ontario- Simcoe, Ontario: Lake Erie, Ontario: Lake Ontario, Outer Banks of North Carolina, Rhode Island, San Diego, San Francisco, SouthEastern North Carolina, Tidewater Virginia

Yet another Cut-Off Low out in the pacific but…

This Cut-Off Low spawns a surface storm that shoves the North Pacific High’s winds to the Northern California coast. by Mike Godsey Recent days have seen light winds at most sites in the Bay Area as well as clouds and

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Why does today’s forecast call for: “STRONG, SHIFTY, GUSTY sometimes UNRELIABLE wind”

The answer is way aloft! by Mike Godsey In yesterday’s blog I talked about why I expected strong NW wind on the Northern California coast today as the North Pacific High was nudged closer to the California coast. At the time

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

A tiny shift in the North Pacific High makes a big change in the winds.

Passing upper low bumps NPH towards the west coast so NW winds rip! by Mike Godsey The California coast has seen several days of relatively mild winds as the North Pacific High has held a ridge towards the Pacific Northwest. This

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco