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Crazy strong Gorge East winds and El Norte winds for Baja…

High pressure blankets mid USA creating strong pressure gradients. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 8, 2016 will see very strong east winds in the western Gorge to Portland while Baja’s East Cape sees significant El Norte winds. Surprisingly

Posted in Cape Cod, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Winter arrives and the North Pacific High departs while…

Storms dominate northern pacific by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com Remember this summer when the North Pacific High dominated the waters between the west coast and Hawaii? Back then wind most days was a given. So where did the Southern California,

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

Washington/ Oregon Seeing a Powerful 1-2 Punch this Weekend.

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By Weatherflow meteorologist Shea Gibson Washington and Oregon have been seeing some very strong winds and dangerous conditions since yesterday and into today. The strong wind belt aloft known as the “North Pacific Jet” (NPJ for short) is taking a

Posted in Columbia River Gorge, San Francisco

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