Temperature Inversions – What, How, and Why?

Have you ever heard a meteorologist talk about an “inversion”? Or maybe you read about a “low-level inversion” in a National Weather Service forecast discussion and wondered what that means? If so, you’re in luck. Let’s break down what a temperature inversion is, how it forms and “breaks”, and why it matters to wind sports…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Low-pressure systems weaken Baja’s East Cape wind

The Baja’s East Cape kiteboarding and windsurfing sites Los Barriles and La Ventana have seen almost 2 weeks of great wind. But on December 9, 2020, those winds came to a grinding halt. This occurred as 2 low-pressure systems blocked both of the Baja wind machines. In this animation of both satellite imagery and model output,…

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Cloud Streeting

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 11/22/2020. This is what cool Canadian northerly air diving down over warmer Atlantic waters looks like. It is called “horizonal convective rolling” or “cloud streeting” where cool, condensed air sinks over a more buoyant, warm and moist environment that is capped at the surface. The thermal lifting process then…

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Subsidence and How it Can Affect Winds

We hear the term “subsidence” is weather every once in  awhile. But what is it? To understand that, we have to know that it is usually associated with robust areas, or “domes” of High pressure. Warm moist air that has been lifted high up in the atmosphere by cold fronts and/or central Low pressure(s) eventually…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Upper ridge brings heat and weak California coast winds.

This animation shows how large scale events distant California both vertically and horizontally can impact our temperatures and winds. Looking at this animation first notice the upper trough and upper ridge that are moving towards the Golden State from the west. Focus on the upper ridge which is a northward extending loop of upper-level winds at…

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