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How the he!! does a "ridge" impact today's winds?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: How the he!! does a "ridge" impact today's winds? Reply with quote

Hi Gang,

On days like today you often see something like this in the forecast:

"The North Pacific High has pushed a RIDGE into Northern California and the wind at the Bay's surface and just aloft is weak NE in the AM. Then the normal winds build later and a bit weaker in the afternoon"

And you have to wonder what the hell is a "ridge". Of course you know that a ridge is an extension from the side of a mountain but what does that have to do with wind!. Turns out your mountain metaphor is pretty accurate. Except in this case we are dealing with a mountain of high pressure air known as the North Pacific High. So explore this ridge in this blog:

http://blog.weatherflow.com/?p=14502

Mike Godsey



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