West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off low impacts wind and weather for much of west coast due to weather traffic jam.

Last week there was somewhat atypical weather and winds for the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and the Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge saw very frequent blue skies and warm dry air plus westerly winds. Southern California saw many days of strong NW wind that curved into the coast. While San Francisco saw a…

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West Coast Wind Blog: The perfect Baja wind equation: NORTH PACIFIC HIGH + GBH + LSB

This La Nina year has brought exceptional winds to Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Typically the winds in the El Sargento Los Barriles zone is an everchanging mixture of northerly winds from high pressure in the Great Basin and the local sea breezes generated by heating in the local inland valleys. And the only role of…

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West Coast Wind Blog: North Pacific High’s NW winds = Strong wind yesterday but zilch today.

Yesterday, March 22, saw strong winds in the El Sargento to Los Barriles area.  These wind developed as the North Pacific High created a solid pressure gradient down the length of the Sea of Cortez. Today the North Pacific High is in the same location and same strength and continues to send strong northerly wind…

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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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