Category: Baja California

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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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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Bioluminescent Waves Light up Southern California Beaches

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson, Video and photography by Taro Amano. Last night I stood on the sand at Zuma Beach and witnessed the greatest light show I have seen (sorry Disney, nature trumps anything you can produce).  The combination of a full moon and light eddy circulation made for perfect conditions to view bioluminescent algae…

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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…

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