West Coast Wind Blog: El Norte winds + the WNW wind stinger

Sometimes there is a stinger to strong wind that makes the experience less than perfect. Tomorrow that stinger will probably be sporadic weak WNW -NNW gusts that will try to push the favorable El Norte (North) winds away from shore. This first image from John S’s weather station at the north end of the La Ventana campground shows such a day.

A classic El Norte day is triggered by high pressure in the 4 corners or, less desirable, the 4 corners. This makes strong North wind blast down the Sea of Cortez. And if we have blue skies and inland valley heating then it is time for hero turns right at the beach. But in last decade we often have a NNW to WNW factor that makes for up and down and shifty winds at the beach.


d valley heating then it is time for hero turns right at the beach. But in last decade we often have a NNW to WNW factor that makes for up and down and shifty winds at the beach.

Tom