Author: Mike Godsey

West Coast Wind Blog: “Heat bubble” caus sudden wind fade at Pt. Isabel in the San Francisco Bay Area.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Pt. Isabel has, by far, the most interesting cruising ground for windsurfers and kiters in the Bay Area. Where can you round and island, speed sail in glassy waters, find large rolly swell while watching the Golden Gate and the San Francisco skyline. There is just one downside to Pt. Isabel….

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West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. brings 30+ knots Sherman Is. Friday then Gorge nukes Saturday!

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Did you notice fast the sky changed today from crystal blue to cloudy? That event is something we have been forecasting for days. Clearly, something is about to happen. Remember the old days when it seemed that wind was just about the pressure gradient? And while the forecasts were crappy more…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off Low between Hawaii and Baja takes aim on the Bay Area creating marine surge like conditions

by Mike Godsey About a week ago I mentioned a wayward Cut-Off Low located between Hawaii and Baja up at ≈ 18,000 ft. At the time it looked like it would march towards Northern California and impact the Bay Area. Turn out I was right on. This animation shows the Cut-Off Low as well as…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Fast transition from southerly eddy winds to strong west blows Santa Barbara forecast

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com If you saw my 11:30 AM forecast you know I was not very bullish about the Isla Vista to Leadbetter winds: “IF you see the eddy die by early afternoon there a slight chance of mid to upper-teens for Isla Vista but weaker Leadbetter.” Eddies are always hard to forecast especially…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Santa Barbara winds today hinge on location of battle line between N and WNW winds

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Anytime you read in the forecast about the North Pacific High pushing a ridge into California north of Pismo you are likely to also read about NNW ocean winds along the Central California coast. And also a mention of northerly wind coming over the ridges and canyons in the area from…

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