West Coast Wind Blog: Mild marine surge gives way to….

Huge North Pacific High dominates the pacific.

by Mike Godsey

Nice marine surge and SW flow underway today! Remember when that used to happen in July?

In the top image today (below) you can see the SW flow over the Bay Area that is jazzing up the marine surge. But I want you to focus on the wimpy North Pacific High north of Hawaii in that same image. Note the clockwise rotation of wind around the high and the NW winds far far away from California. Also note the storm WNW of the Pacific Northwest that is keeping the NPH away from our coast.

Now look at the second image of the North Pacific High as modeled for this Saturday. The NPH totally dominates the Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii to California to Baja. This should mean building NW winds towards this weekend.

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