West Coast Wind Blog: Larkspur/PSQ, often assigned to the R.I.P list, roars with a blast from the past.

Long long ago in a climatologically different universe, Larkspur Landing/PSQ was an extremely popular windsurfing site.  Sir Francis Drake Blvd. was so jammed on both sides of the highway by windsurfers fighting for parking that is was common for 5 PM traffic to be gridlocked on windy days. And, back then there were 3 windsurfing…

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Heat Fires up for the 4th of July

Due to COVID restrictions, many of us will miss the skies lighting up with fireworks this 4th of July but though the celebrations will be atypical the weather will quickly shift this week into a more traditional summer pattern. Heat surges up through the center of the country over the next couple of days and…

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Saharan Air Layer June 2020

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 6/30/2020 Well the Sahara Air Layer sure made the news with quite a dazzle this past month (June 2020), but just know that this is normal to see these giant plumes of dust aloft at the mid levels stretch across the Atlantic basin all the way to parts of the…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Part 2, No standing wind waves yet powerful winds for the San Francisco Bay Area.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com jmarik wrote about Part 1 of this blog: Hi Mike, Does this explain why 3rd Ave. channel was ripping while SFO was reading only low 20’s today? Cheers. Hi jmarik, I think you are probably right about the SFO winds. As you can see in this first image of yesterday’s standing waves…

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West Coast Wind Blog: San Francisco southerly marine surge battles strong NW winds… the winner is…

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com If you saw last nights and today’s forecast you know we are in for epic winds today as a marine surge southerly winds battle strong NW winds.   This morning the southerly marine surge winds win out but this afternoon powerful wind from the North Pacific High winds win decisively as…

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West Coast Wind Blog: “Heat bubble” caus sudden wind fade at Pt. Isabel in the San Francisco Bay Area.

by Mike Godsey, mikeATiwindsurf.com Pt. Isabel has, by far, the most interesting cruising ground for windsurfers and kiters in the Bay Area. Where can you round and island, speed sail in glassy waters, find large rolly swell while watching the Golden Gate and the San Francisco skyline. There is just one downside to Pt. Isabel….

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West Coast Wind Blog: The inside story and imagery from explosive winds in the Gorge May 31.

by Mike Godsey, mike@iwindsurf.com & Matt Sounders A few days ago I wrote a blog about the strange Cut-Off Low at ≈ 18,000 ft. feet between Hawaii and Baja that was tracking towards San Francisco where it would bring epic winds. Then how the Cut-Off Low would create explosive winds for the Gorge First –…

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