Gust Front / Outflow Boundary

This snapshot of wind observations combined with a radar image of storms moving through NJ from W to E is a good example of a gust front / outflow boundary increasing our wind speeds out ahead of approaching storms.  A gust front / outflow boundary is simply a storm scale mass of cold / cool…

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North Pacific High’s NW winds retreat southward!

What happens to the North Pacific High when a storm targets the Bay Area: by Mike Godsey Today, Saturday June 22, we have a very unusual winter type storm system moving in from the NW. The storm system, which arrives Monday,  consists of an upper trough at about 18,000 ft. and below it 2 surface lows each with counter-clockwise spinning winds….

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Cut-Off Low dying

Where do Cut-Off Low go when they die? by Mike Godsey Every summer several Cut-Off Lows approach the west coast shaking up our forecasting of the California wind patterns. Then after a few days or even a week we suddenly stop mentioning the Cut-Off Low. The current Cut-Off Low was perfectly located to help funnel a combo of SW winds just…

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Cut-Off Low west of the Gorge: impact of Bay Area and Southern California winds.

Cut-Off Low usually have a bad rap but…… by Mike Godsey Cut-Off Lows  form when a counter-clockwise spinning low pressure pinches off from passing upper troughs at around 18K feet. The winds at about 18K feet on the average are important in moving weather from west to east around the world. Once you have a Cut-Off Low to…

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