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Why did I forecast strong winds everywhere except Pt. Isabel and Berkeley?

Too much of a good thing: when NW and WSW winds fight. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Yesterday, April 25, I forecast strong winds at almost every site. However the text for the East Bay  had some caveats: Pt. Isabel: “WSW winds ramp

Posted in San Francisco

Hole in clouds helps wind fill into the coast.

Clearing progressing as expected expected by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com If you looked at the satellite imagery predawn today or even out the window it did not look promising for reliable winds and most of the sky covered with heavy clouds. So

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Whence the North Pacific High

Where were the NW winds yesterday and why are they more likely today by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com I am glad I was not forecasting yesterday April 22. The night before Mark forecast solid NW winds building along the coast. And Ben, Wednesday morning, was

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Gorge & Sherman Island blast. Southern California winds are limp.

Rough Draft Yea, you read about upper ridges and upper troughs all time in the forecast. Let’s see them in action! by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Check it out! The top image songs gusty winds in the mid 20’s range all day at Sherman

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

Somethings happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear:

Or as Buffalo Springfield once said: “Is April is the new June?” by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Look at the first bunch of images taken this morning and you can see that everything looks normal…. for June. I mean, what is

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Geek talk: “the Central Valley thermal low expands over the coast”.

What does this mean and why will the winds be weak today? by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Something is really weird with the wind this morning. Looking at the Bay Area wind graph at 9AM you are seeing mostly NE winds.

Posted in San Francisco

Battle between the NPH’s NNW and NNE winds…

The Bay wins today but mostly loses tomorrow. While the Gorge sees beautiful warm weather but no wind. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Typically when the iwindsurf.com forecast mentions a ridge from the NPH and NW ocean winds but NNE winds aloft over the

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

Old North Pacific High crushed into 2 parts by storm system.

But sliver of the NPH keeps modest NW near the Bay by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com This animation is chock full of weather action. First note the massive “new” North Pacific High north of Hawaii and its clockwise spinning winds. Typically this high

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Cut-Off Low wobbling about west of California

forecast the fate of the North Pacific High becomes tricky. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Looking at the model animation below you can see the huge Cut-Off Low west of California. The SW winds created by this low will not impact the surface winds

Posted in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Where is the North Pacific High?

Lingering storm system keeps NPH from Bay Area. by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com Well the scattered showers have subsided and the skies are mostly blue so where are the typical strong NW clearing winds from the North Pacific High? And why are the

Posted in San Francisco