Category: Baja California

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…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Cloud band moving faster than expected may spoil Baja winds

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com If the cloud band you see in this animation keep moving towards¬†La Ventana¬†it could spoil winds today. All models have the clouds only reaching near La Paz today but watching the satellite imagery it looks to me that they might get further south. So watch the skies to the north and…

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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…

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West Coast Wind Blog: We owe it all to a Cut-Off Low as Baja winds ramp up.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com With a bit of luck and a Cut-Off Low that behaves according to the models we see a 3-5 day El Norte blow for La Ventana and Los Barriles, Baja Sur. This graphic for Saturday Nov. 30, 2019, shows the setup. 1. First, notice the huge storm over the mid-USA. This…

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West Coast Wind Blog: First a storm, then wind drought and then El Norte winds

by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com After having a near miss from a tropical storm and receiving heavy rain Baja’s East Cape is now in a wind drought. But this model animation suggests that the low pressure over the western USA will depart eastward later this week and El Norte winds build. Watching the animation first find…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Tropical depression upgraded to a named storm by National Hurricane Center.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the approaching low pressure storm to a Tropical Storm named Raynond.     Below is an animation of ECMWF model of the storm’s trajectory as well is a summary of all the latest model forecasts for trajectory and wind velocity.     Note that there…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Still a chance unnamed tropical depression may impact Baja’s East Cape.

  by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Here is yesterday’s blog about this storm This blog tells why the storm forecast was so iffy earlier in the week This animation show todays imagery of the storm at dawn Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. As you can see there is a hint of it developing a circular rotation but…

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