Author: WeatherFlow Forecaster

West Coast Wind Blog: North Pacific High brings NNW wind to the Sea of Cortez…Not!

The winter 2019-2021 season in Baja was atypical in a number of ways. It started off with a bang in November but from that point on the winds were often unreliable unless you were on foils or big kites or sail. Or if you were there during one of the few strong wind periods. But…

Read More

Strong Winds drive down the California Coast and into the Bight on Sunday.

by Meteorologist, Kerry Anderson Saturday the wind profile for California’s Central Coast and inside the Bight were dramatically different. Onshore flow increased from Santa Barbara to San Diego cooling temperatures and squelching sea breeze activity.  Consequently, winds have been anemic.  Meanwhile, the Central Coast beaches spent much the day with winds in the upper teens…

Read More

West Coast Wind Blog: While Baja’s big wind machines idle… back up wind engines carry the load.

by Mike Godsey In normal years the bulk of the strong wind at the kite and windsurf sites in the Los Barriles and La Ventana areas comes from high pressure in the Great Basin area of the USA. However, the 2019-2020 winter season has seen lots of days when an unusually robust North Pacific High…

Read More

West Coast Wind Blog: Wind quality hinges on clearing. La Ventana vs. El Sargento

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Pretty good wind quality for La Ventana today as the morning clouds in far Los Planes Valley cleared allowoing the local pressure gradient to climb helping the sea breezes and encouraging the El Norte winds to reach the beach. You can see this clearly in the animation today Dec. 21! But notice…

Read More

West Coast Wind Blog: Baja calm today, strong winds tomorrow… why?

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Many years ago I spent 3 months per year doing underwater research on Pomacentrids around the islands of the Sea of Cortez. One thing that always struck me was how incredibly fast the weather could go from calm to strong winds. The next 24 hours will brings such a change as…

Read More

West Coast Wind Blog: Anatomy of a likely big Baja El Norte wind event next week

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Do you like gambles? So here is a big meteorological gamble. Today Dec. 1, 2019, I am forecasting a big El Norte winds event for the entire Sea of Cortez for Monday, Dec. 16. Normally I would not stick my neck out so far but this is a major event and…

Read More

West Coast Wind Blog: Here is the sometime wind villain… the Subtropical Jet.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Sometimes you will notice a caveat in the forecast that a band of high clouds streaming from SW or WSW may come over us and spoil the wind but stopping the inland valleys from heating weakening the local pressure gradient. Usually when I mention clouds I am talking about low-level clouds…

Read More