Category: San Francisco

West Coast Wind Blog: Eddy scenario likely Wednesday, May 22, 2019

by Mike Godsey, You may remember that 4-5 days ago I mentioned in the extended forecast that the North Pacific High would really expand this week. As you can see below that the NPH now spans the waters from Alaska

West Coast Wind Blog: Front passes and southerly winds turn westerly an ROAR!

by Mike Godsey ROUGH DRAFT text later today Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area kiters and windsurfers know the drill. A storm passes then the North Pacific High move towards the coast and its NW winds curve into the

West Coast Wind Blog: North Pacific High finally makes a move on San Francisco IF Southern California Cut-Off Low moves southward.

by Mike Godsey The satellite animation below shows a large counter-clockwise spinning Cut-Off Low over Southern California at ≈ 18,000 ft. Notice the fast-moving gravity waves rippling westward and northward from this disturbance. Further north the North Pacific High’s surface

West Coast Wind Blog: 24 hours in the life of a eddy

Eddy: May 8 Eddy: May 7

West Coast Wind Blog: Meet Eddy! The new weather landlord of the Pacific?

  by Mike Godsey, The satellite imagery below from today, May 7, 2019, really shows the lingering eddy in action. If you work the waters north of the Bay Bridge Eddy looks beautiful. But if the Peninsula or the coast

West Coast Wind Blog: Excuses, Excuses… Now a Cut-Off Low + eddy make Bay Area & Southern California forecasting tricky.

by Mike Godsey, For several weeks now our forecast team has been struggling with San Francisco Bay Area forecasting during a surface eddy pattern that is unprecedented in its duration and longevity. Now we have to add a Cut-Off Low

West Coast Wind Blog: The earth vs. the eddy

Hi Gang, Sunday, April 28: If you are a wind addicted kite or windsurfer the eddy is probably on your minds a lot recently. Either because it is wrecking your wind or because it is making great wind at your

West Coast Wind Blog: Where sails and kites fill is determined by where Eddy Would Go…

by Mike Godsey, Mike AT The meandering of eddies is unpredictable by their very nature of an eddy. Take a look at the eddy my banner above. As you can see it is positioned so it will shoot west

West Coast Wind Blog: Ships at Sea and using the right tools.

by Mike Godsey, mike AT Note: This blog uses Southern California as an example of picking the best model using ship reports but the basic idea of the blog is relevant to all regions in the USA. On winter

West Coast Wind Blog: How the NPH and convergence aloft helped jazz up our surface NW wind

by Mike Godsey, As you can see in my banner animation above lots of sites had strong wind yesterday. The day played out pretty much as outlined in my 2 recent blogs about convergence aloft and the two NPH’s