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West Coast Wind Blog: In wake of passing cold front we see rare late fall NW clearing winds.

Massive North Pacific High brings NW winds to most of the California coast by Mike Godsey Yep it is mid fall the time of fading winds on the California coast as the North Pacific High shrinks and moves southward away from

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Why are we seeing late season NW clearing winds.

The Pacific is hot and hurricanes common. by Mike Godsey Surely at this point you are wondering what the hell is going on with NW clearing winds in late Oct. Here are some quick insights: Take a look at Kerry’s

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Hell Hath No Fury Like Our Ocean’s Warmth

By Meteorologist Kerry Anderson My forecast shift at Weatherflow ended on a Tuesday.  Just 72 hours ago I made sure to check the Mexican Tropics to see if there was any possibility of a storm that might develop that could

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

West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off Low dies, NW winds build

Watch as an upper trough sucks up a Cut-Off Low. by Mike Godsey In this first animation we are seeing the Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. that is currently west of Southern California. Cut-Off Lows are called such since

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Huge windless blob gives way to fall North Pacific High

Endless Cut-Off Low kills surface wind then ejects… NPH fills in.   by Mike Godsey (If all you care about is the coming NW wind skip all this jargon and imagery and scroll down to the bottom animation!) Considering it

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Extremely gusty, shifty NW winds prepare to clobber the Bay Area.

UPDATED IMAGERY AT THE BOTTOM A combo spinning low pressure near Sherman Island and powerful NW ocean winds and winds aloft arrives in the afternoon. by Mike Godsey It is the prefect storm if you like powerful, gusty, shifty winds.

Posted in San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Rare Bay Area convective clouds

Beautiful cumulonimbus clouds thrust over the far East Bay. by Mike Godsey The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most beautiful urban areas in the USA. Weather wise its juicy marine layer clouds are unparalleled as they flow

Posted in San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Wimpy North Pacific High goes big tomorrow.

Yep! NW clearing winds in Oct! by Mike Godsey For many days a weak surface low pressure has been blocking the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds from reaching the Bay Area. Finally yesterday the upper trough at ≈ 18,000

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Who flipped the switch from NW to SW winds?

Yesterday the forecast offered a massive North Pacific High and NW wind and today…. by Mike Godsey Just yesterday the Bay Area forecast was touting the appearance of a massive North Pacific High stretching from California to the Gulf of

Posted in San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: wimpy old North Pacific High gives way to huge new NPH.

This time of year the North Pacific High is suppose to be shrinking not bulging… why? by Mike Godsey You know the routine. The twin Bay Area winds machines, the North Pacific High’s surface NW winds and the thermal winds

Posted in San Francisco