Category: San Francisco

by Mike Godsey, iwindsurf.com/ikitesurf.com, mikeATwindsurf.com I took the helicopter photo in my banner above on a day when it was nearly calm at Pt. Diablo just outside the Golden Gate’s north tower. But the strong NW aloft were buffeting the …

West Coast Wind Blog: Inside Golden Gate wind rages while calm just outside. Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com mac wrote: “So why is this the gustiest season of memory? NW winds have always been gusty, but now the SW winds are as well.” Hi Mac, Simple answer… This season we have often had: 1. …

West Coast Wind Blog: Customer asks a leading question about the San Francisco gusty 2019 season. Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com So it was mid-day and hour after my 11:30 AM forecast update for the San Francisco Bay Area when the messages from customers started arriving: The first was from boggsman1 From: boggsman1 To: windfind Posted: 26 …

West Coast Wind Blog: Weird things happen to marine layer clouds when there is no inversion… but no chicken little forecast here! Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com The battle is on! There is a tiny eddy near Stinson and a larger ribbon like eddy running from the Golden Gate to Santa Cruz creating southerly ocean winds near shore. Meanwhile, very strong NW winds …

West Coast Wind Blog: Battle Royale… North Pacific High’s surface NW winds vs. Southerly eddy winds! Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com In this El Nino year, the average storm track is further southward and this more southerly pathway of the upper-level winds has often caused the isobars of the North Pacific High to move and often anchor …

West Coast Wind Blog: Eddy dies, North Pacific High rules…briefly. Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Perhaps you noticed that our wind patterns keep on changing as the pattern of upper-level winds change. One new feature that is appearing is nagging long thin eddies that run along the coast creating southerly flow …

West Coast Wind Blog: San Francisco’s Elongated Eddy Pattern Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com There is nothing worse in forecasting that to get burnt missing a huge marine surge at the end of a heatwave. A typical marine surge not only brings a welcome cool down it also brings strong …

West Coast Wind Blog: Imagery of a very weak “dry” marine surge during record San Francisco heatwave. Read More »

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com In recent years counter-clockwise spinning eddies have become increasingly common west of┬áthe Golden Gate. These eddies are most likely to form when the winds of the North Pacific High are out at the ocean buoys but …

West Coast Wind Blog: The search for an elusive Golden Gate Eddy Read More »

by Mike Godsey A very atypical situation today as a storm tracks from the south through the interior of Oregon and Northern California. At 6AM the storm is centered just north of the Bay Area. Normally our storms approach from …

West Coast Wind Blog: NW storm winds!!! Read More »