Category: Northwest

West Coast Wind Blog: East wind from an early season “Polar Express” blows smoke through the Gorge to the Oregon Coast.

by Matt Souders with graphics by Mike Godsey. This historic early-season easterly wind event got off to a dangerous start this morning. High winds over Yakima, WA fanned the flames over an 80 sq. mile wildfire. The smoke from that fire can be seen in this visible satellite loop arcing SW, then westward over the…

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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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West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. brings 30+ knots Sherman Is. Friday then Gorge nukes Saturday!

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Did you notice fast the sky changed today from crystal blue to cloudy? That event is something we have been forecasting for days. Clearly, something is about to happen. Remember the old days when it seemed that wind was just about the pressure gradient? And while the forecasts were crappy more…

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A Different Kind of Low

When looking at gradients in the Gorge, we often look for a thermal low, connected to the Great Basin, which often sits in the Columbia Plateau most of the summer.  But in Spring, when upper level lows are present, a surface low pressure gets created out ahead, under the highest Differential Potential Vorticity Advection (DPVA)….

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