8 videos by Mike Godsey
1. Just another day at The Wall.
2. The Gorge...Cooked!
3. Wind Power
4. Windsurfing has been Canceled
5. The Wall
6. A Weatherflow.com helicopter op for the America's Cup.
7. Marine surge time-lapse!
8. San Diego leg: America's Cup
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"Just another day in The Wall" by Mike Godsey
At the end of August The Wall had a string of easy 4.2 days. Then on Wed. August 31 The Wall went EPIC!
This video documents that day starting at dawn first as windsurfers on 2.9 to 3.2 sails rip on huge smooth swell. Then in the afternoon a few superb kiters pinched a mile upwind, over empty waters from Rufus, to work the crowded waters of The Wall. The hoards windsurfers and a few kiters made for great video imagery and an interesting test of the Rules of the Road. So, as the lyrics say, there is some "dark sarcasm" in the imagery.
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"The Wall" by Mike Godsey
The smear of bright red all over the iwindsurf.com forecast tables for the Gorge foretold the story...powerful winds focused in the Maryhill to Roosevelt corridor of the eastern Gorge. Since Arlington looked TOO windy with an average of 43 knots I headed to The Wall. The wind direction was not perfect for the fabled huge smooth swell The Wall is famous for but it still was pretty epic. The video tells rest of the story with men on 3.2 to 3.5 sails and the women on 2.8s.
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This video documents a WeatherFlow.com boat and helicopter operation checking out some sensor locations for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay. If you have ever wondered what happens inside the company that brings you all this wind information you will like this video.
If you are short on time skip to the middle part for spectacular helicopter footage of the area around the mouth of the Golden Gate.
"Marine Surge Alert" are words most Coast, Crissy and Peninsula customers dread hearing in our forecasts. But for those in the East Bay and all lovers of Sherman Island those words mean fog and strong cool steady winds.
On Friday May 11 every weather service had the heat wave continuing and weak winds for most of the Bay. Then at 8:20AM we issued an "Alert" and a few hours later..... it happened. This amazing time lapse video starts at dawn with hot smoggy air and shows the marine surge hitting the Golden Gate mid day then blasting up the East Bay hills at night fall.
Events like this make the San Francisco the most amazing and difficult place to forecast wind in the USA!
Time lapse video courtesy of the Berkeley LHS
Last fall Benjamin and I were hired to do the America's Cup forecasting. For the San Diego event we spent over a week on site doing the morning forecasts. And then in the afternoon we got inside view of the boats and the races.
This video shows a lot of behind the scenes shots so you can see what these boat are like and their incredible acceleration. Remember the winds were in the 4-7 knot range during this video. There is not a trace of white caps.
If you have not seen the helicopter and boat video of our Bay Area work for the event take a look at that video next.