Category: Baja California

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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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…

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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…

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