San Diego Southerly Smash

So, San Diego isn’t exactly known for its wealth of wind.  This is especially true in the summer.  But today is an exception!Winds_SoCal_23Jul2016

 

Just how has this happened?

  1. We’re seeing strong NW flow across the far outer waters of the bight.
  2. There is high heat in the inland areas as offshore flow prevails.
  3. A well-formed Catalina eddy has centered itself in just the right spot, south of San Clemente Island.
  4. There is mid-level and upper-level support, enabling the eddy to endure.

WRF_SoCal23Jul2016