Category: California & Baja

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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Unprecendented Heat in the West

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson California is seeing unprecedented heat this Labor Day weekend. Sunday the National Weather Service reported a temperature of 120 in Reseda. Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara shoreline barely broke into the 70s.  Why such contrasts? First, we are seeing an astonishingly strong upper-level ridge over the area. Monday’s 500mb map (below) indicates…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Why Ron’s house had 50 mph gusts and lightning flashes at 4 am.

by Mike Godsey, mike AT windsurf.com   This photo, taken by Jaden Schaul @santacruzfilms, shows roll clouds at the leading edge of thunderstorm and lightning at Santa Cruz last night. The graphic at the end of this blog shows how roll clouds form in thunderstorms. Long time WeatherFlow customer Ron P. lives in Greenbrae in…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Upper high pressure and heat wave bakes the western USA

Part 1 the big picture. The headlines are heating up about record temperatures being set from Salt Lake City to Tucson to Dallas and to the 0 percent contained ravaging Southern California fires. At this time it looks like Death Valley, the hottest place on the planet, will reach 127 by Monday. In response, the…

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