Author: WeatherFlow Forecaster

West Coast Wind Blog: Why so many Bay Area eddies this season. Part One

Part one of this blog below is about the smaller eddies mostly in the Bodega to Golden Gate area that have been so common during the 2019 summer season. These eddies often totally or partially die in the afternoon making

West Coast Wind Blog: Wishy-Washy forecast as Pismo and Santa Barbara westerly winds battle with northerly inland winds.

by Mike Godsey, Check out this wishy-washy forecast today. Basically, I am said that the winds might be strong or might be weak. Why couldn’t I pin it down more precisely for Pismo and Isla Vista to Ledbetter? Basically, because

West Coast Wind Blog: Why are eddy forecasts so hard

by Mike Godsey, Backcast:  Pt. Isabel low to mid 20’s was clearly stronger than the mid to upper-teens I forecast! Why can’t we forecast such strong eddy winds reliably? Just take a look at this hourly animation of the

West Coast Wind Blog: Elongated eddy from San Diego to past San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Anatomy of a forecast wipeout for Santa Barbara to Ventura.

by Mike Godsey, Yesterday, Wed. August 14,  2019 I really blew the Isla Vista to Ledbetter forecast and Ventura went over the mid-teens forecast. True, I did warn of “much stronger winds than forecast if the Gaviota eddy died”

West Coast Wind Blog: Eddy what eddy? Trying to forecast the invisible.

by Mike Godsey, As you all know the location, thickness and movement of the marine layer clouds are critical in making the winds at every site in the San Francisco Bay Area. The same is true in forecasting. The

West Coast Wind Blog: Pismo Beach wind and fog, the last mile.

by Mike Godsey, Forecasting for Pismo winds in the summer is very tricky and we are slowly learning the complexities of this area. Here are some of our baby steps up the Pismo forecasting learning curve. The marine layer clouds

West Coast Wind Blog: Eddy, 950mb. winds and Bodega

by Mike Godsey, On this day the WF-WRF barely showed a hint of an eddy. The NAM surface had a better hint. But, as I have noticed again and again for larger elongated eddies, the 950 & 975 NAM

West Coast Wind Blog: Gorge and Bay Area wind and weather go bonkers!

Gorge version by Matt Souders & Mike Godsey You may have noticed that the wind and weather has gone a bit bonkers at times this year for much of the west coast. You’re not wrong – the data backs up

West Coast Wind Blog: Forecasting UP AND DOWN Gorge winds.

A Slack discussion: Learning to recognize a pattern for very up and down winds in the Columbia River Gorge by Matt Sounders & Mike Godsey windfind 4:36 PM Here is a animation I am working on to help explain the UP