Category: Southern California

West Coast Wind Blog: Cut-Off low impacts wind and weather for much of west coast due to weather traffic jam.

Last week there was somewhat atypical weather and winds for the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California and the Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge saw very frequent blue skies and warm dry air plus westerly winds. Southern California saw many days of strong NW wind that curved into the coast. While San Francisco saw a…

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West Coast Wind Blog: The perfect Baja wind equation: NORTH PACIFIC HIGH + GBH + LSB

This La Nina year has brought exceptional winds to Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Typically the winds in the El Sargento Los Barriles zone is an everchanging mixture of northerly winds from high pressure in the Great Basin and the local sea breezes generated by heating in the local inland valleys. And the only role of…

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West Coast Wind Blog: North Pacific High’s NW winds = Strong wind yesterday but zilch today.

Yesterday, March 22, saw strong winds in the El Sargento to Los Barriles area.  These wind developed as the North Pacific High created a solid pressure gradient down the length of the Sea of Cortez. Today the North Pacific High is in the same location and same strength and continues to send strong northerly wind…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Upper ridge brings heat and weak California coast winds.

This animation shows how large scale events distant California both vertically and horizontally can impact our temperatures and winds. Looking at this animation first notice the upper trough and upper ridge that are moving towards the Golden State from the west. Focus on the upper ridge which is a northward extending loop of upper-level winds at…

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Unprecendented Heat in the West

by Meteorologist Kerry Anderson California is seeing unprecedented heat this Labor Day weekend. Sunday the National Weather Service reported a temperature of 120 in Reseda. Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara shoreline barely broke into the 70s.  Why such contrasts? First, we are seeing an astonishingly strong upper-level ridge over the area. Monday’s 500mb map (below) indicates…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Why Ron’s house had 50 mph gusts and lightning flashes at 4 am.

by Mike Godsey, mike AT windsurf.com   This photo, taken by Jaden Schaul @santacruzfilms, shows roll clouds at the leading edge of thunderstorm and lightning at Santa Cruz last night. The graphic at the end of this blog shows how roll clouds form in thunderstorms. Long time WeatherFlow customer Ron P. lives in Greenbrae in…

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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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