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Bay Area Wind: Brown Skies and late local sea breezes mean…

High pressure overhead crushing marine layer clouds. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com I took the banner photography above while flying in a Coast Guard helicopter during a September heat wave day several years ago. Notice the brownish tint to the skies above

Posted in San Francisco

Bay Area Winds: Rare September Cut-Off Low brings…

SE winds from ocean buoys the East Bay . by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com I got a text from Gorge sailor Greg M. at 2:30PM today Tuesday Sept. 13 Just landed at SFO after circling for an hour. And a

Posted in San Francisco

S. F. Wind: Late season marine surge

Part 1 : Rare Sept. marine surge could develop overnight. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Looking at Mark’s extended forecast for tomorrow Thursday Sept. 8 there is a mention of southerly flow along the coast. I have been watching

Posted in San Francisco

Hurricanes: Friends and Foes.

Warm water friend, Topography Foe. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Hurricane Newton has been sliding up Baja’s Sea of Cortez the last few days and passed near La Ventana and Los Barriles will few reports of damage despite strong winds and

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

The Curve: Where eddy winds and the Olympic Circle intersect

Bringing strong winds to Pt. Isabel and the Olympic Circle. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Pt. Isabel/Marina Bay is one of the great places to kite or sail in the Bay Area. You can actually cruise around a large

Posted in San Francisco

The creation of a Golden Gate eddy

  Subtle synoptic changes have major impact on Bay Area wind distribution. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com If you work the waters north of the Bay Bridge you have seen plenty of strong if sometimes gusty days this season. But if you are

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

It is not Jan. 1 so why was Año Nuevo important yesterday and today?

Año Nuevo clearing sets the stage for winds to the south. by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com If you only sail inside the bay the frequent appearance of the phrase “Año Nuevo clearing” may see very cryptic. But is you kite

Posted in San Francisco

Caps On – Caps Off

By Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson A large dome of High pressure has covered California this week.  The descending air creates a cap on the atmosphere, keeping cooler boundary layer air from escaping.  Along the coast the descending warmer air squashes the

Posted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Weather Blog

Wet Microburst in Chandler, AZ shows 116mph winds.

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By WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson Ever been in a thunderstorm and a sudden burst of strong winds and rain comes down at the same time? This is called a “wet microburst”, which packs quite a punch when it comes to

Posted in 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

Bay Area weather: Why the long run of the Mutt & Jeff Eddy show?

Blame it on the winds aloft! by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com For old timers the strong WSW winds of recent weeks north of the Bay Bridge see like a blast from the past. And if you have been a

Posted in San Francisco