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West Coast Wind Blog: Ring of storms

Type Watch as a ring of hurricanes and former hurricanes corral the North Pacific High. Looking at the model animation you can see that a herd of hurricanes and former hurricanes curve past Hawaii and head towards the Gulf of

Posted in San Francisco

Hurricane history in the making.

Unusual hurricane pattens in Hawaiian and Cabo Verde Islands. Take a look at the animation below of the 4 hurricanes currently transiting Hawaiian waters south of the North Pacific High. Never in recorded history has there been 4 hurricanes at

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Sudden arrival of SW winds aloft blows forecast.

Unexpected early arrival of SW winds aloft sends streamer of marine layer clouds into Bay Area and brings  sudden spikes in wind. As I mentioned in a blog a few days ago the wind patterns over the pacific are a mess

Posted in San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Old North Pacific High fades while new NPH develops

The pacific weather pattern is a mess! Any veteran windsurfer or kiter, whether from the Gorge, Bay Area, California coast or Southern California or even Hawaii, will attest that this has been a weird summer season. The proximal cause of the

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Video of elongated eddy spoiling coast & Peninsula winds in Bay Area. Plus the NPH just will not settle down.

Posted in San Francisco

Upper level high pressure creates surface low pressure… what is happening here?

How expanding low pressure impacts Southern California, Bay Area and Gorge winds. “There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear” Buffalo Springfield Sometimes meteorology seems to jargon ridden to wind seekers that it is hard to figure out

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

Is Your Name Eddy?

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson This morning one of our spotters on Catalina Island took the following series of photographs of the marine layer and reported that from his position at Two Harbors that it appeared that the marine layer was

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

Cut-Off Low ejects over next 24 hours and Gorge and Bay winds improve.

Watch as Cut-Off Low opens up into an upper trough then exits the West Coast. You are used to hearing about the passing upper trough that pass over the west coast and occasional upper ridges that bob around from the

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, San Francisco

Cut-Off Low and sub optimal coast and Peninsula winds.

Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft.and surface low block NW surface winds. This blog tells the back story why the Bay Area coast and Peninsula has seen NW flow weaker than normal for this time in the summer. The saga

Posted in San Francisco

Low pressure system & Cold front holds NPH’s NW winds near Bay Area coast.

Here is what a cold front looks like wind wise. You are all familiar with the way a cold is depicted in the media. Take a look at this first image from today and you can see the small storm

Posted in San Francisco