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The Hwy. 92 gap and the pressure gradient to Redding

Meet the nemesis of Coyote and 3rd. Ave. winds. by Mike Godsey This blog is a work in progress but it is so relevant today that I thought I would at least post the graphics. Sometimes you read in the forecast

Posted in San Francisco

Sometimes when models bicker…

Forecasters cringe. by Mike Godsey As you read my forecast for 7 AM this morning you are also probably cringing both at its length and all the weasel words.  Well here is my excuse: Different models have different  resolution, different parameters

Posted in San Francisco

Exiting upper trough stirs up NW wind at the surface.

NW winds from the NPH…NOT! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Yes, the wind felt like normal NW wind curving into Southern California and the bay today May 15. However the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds are nowhere to be found in

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Upper trough at ≈ 18,000 ft.

Shoves the North Pacific High over 1000 miles west of California by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Autopsy of a blown Sherman Island morning forecast.

Why good forecasts… go bad by Mike Godsey “I hate it when F**king Godsey promises on Friday night that Saturday morning will see low 20’s at Sherman Island . Worse the forecast has mealy mouth words about deep fog making the AM winds iffy. So today I

Posted in San Francisco

Powerful NW surface wind fights with strong NNE wind just aloft.

Weird wind pattern for the Bay Area. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com So I am gearing up for resuming Bay Area forecasting last night by looking at all the models. And looking at the WRAMS I see something impossible. I went to sleep assuming that

Posted in San Francisco

NW winds roaring at the ocean buoys…

Here is how we coax NW wind into the Bay. by Mike Godsey, It was a day much like today wind wise. There I was 22 years old slowly slogging out the Golden Gate Hawaii bound on a sloop only 2

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Meet “Palo Alto Eddy”

SW marine surge: northern bay blasts, Coyote and 3rd. Ave. suck yet Palo Alto sees decent NW wind. WHY? by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com “Marine Surge Alert” are words loved by those who ply the waters of Treasure Island, Berkeley, Pt.

Posted in San Francisco

Eddy induced marine surge hits the Golden Gate Friday.

Forecast since last Tuesday the marine surge keeps its promise. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

“Good Chance” of an atypical marine surge “sometime” Friday.

What’s with the weasel words? Bay Area & Southern California by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com There is a “good chance” of a Bay Area marine surge in the next 24 hours and a chance of atypical wind isn Southern California Friday . Bay

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco