Category: San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Wind turbulence gusts and lulls: A case history in the Columbia River Gorge.

Gusts and lulls, up and down, crazy wind. Why are winds sometimes mild and other times wild? There are many complex meteorological causes for the turbulence that causes gusts and lulls, but here we focus on gusts and lulls winds where the causes are very local and easy to visualize. The local cause of gusts…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Strong winds at about 1,000 ft. aloft over San Francisco make for up and down surface winds.

  by Mike Godsey, MikeATiwindsurf.com You may have noticed the warning in today’s forecast saying: “With strong NNW winds at the 975 mb. level at ≈ 1,000 ft. the prevailing surface winds may be diverted at times at some sites. Note: NNW winds aloft may make the winds UP AND DOWN at times especially Pt….

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West Coast Wind Blog: Larkspur/PSQ, often assigned to the R.I.P list, roars with a blast from the past.

Long long ago in a climatologically different universe, Larkspur Landing/PSQ was an extremely popular windsurfing site.  Sir Francis Drake Blvd. was so jammed on both sides of the highway by windsurfers fighting for parking that is was common for 5 PM traffic to be gridlocked on windy days. And, back then there were 3 windsurfing…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Part 2, No standing wind waves yet powerful winds for the San Francisco Bay Area.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com jmarik wrote about Part 1 of this blog: Hi Mike, Does this explain why 3rd Ave. channel was ripping while SFO was reading only low 20’s today? Cheers. Hi jmarik, I think you are probably right about the SFO winds. As you can see in this first image of yesterday’s standing waves…

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West Coast Wind Blog: San Francisco southerly marine surge battles strong NW winds… the winner is…

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com If you saw last nights and today’s forecast you know we are in for epic winds today as a marine surge southerly winds battle strong NW winds.   This morning the southerly marine surge winds win out but this afternoon powerful wind from the North Pacific High winds win decisively as…

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