West Coast Wind Blog: Winds just aloft jazz up Baja surface winds.

by Mike Godsey

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Did you notice how the El Norte this morning forecast upper-teens to low 20’s with periods much stronger especially outside? The baseline for our winds was relatively strong El

Norte winds from the 4 corners with a bit of help from the North Pacific High and our local thermal winds.

However today the models projected much stronger winds just aloft up at the 975mb level which is about 1000 feet aloft.

Since there is topography near that height upwind of us those winds aloft would, in theory, becomes turbulent which would allow some of that stronger energy wind to transfer momentum to the surface winds. Hence the gusts well into the mid to upper 20’s.

ich would allow some of that stronger energy wind to transfer momentum to the surface winds. Hence the gusts well into the mid to upper 20’s.

You can see these winds in this animation. And the two wind graphs show the strong gusts.