Potentially Unsurvivable Storm Surge from Hurricane Laura

by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson As Hurricane Laura approaches the Louisiana and Texas coasts, it brings with it the potential for producing devastating storm surge.  Storm surge is created when sustained strong winds flow across an ocean for an extended time period.  Those winds push against the water, and since the liquid is free to…

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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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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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