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This has been an awesome year for wind in the Sea of Cortez. El Nino diverted the jet stream, patterns shifted, and boom! bam! pow! high pressure set up in the south western United States, leaking out down the Colorado River basin and turning the mountain-rimmed Sea of Cortez into a fire hose.

In this amazing piece of real-time imagery, you can see everything that’s going on. You can even clearly see the low sections on Baja where the air leaks out. In the summertime, these low sections funnel west winds, creating Elephantes in the north sea and Corumuels in the La Paz area.

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Here is the website to play with: http://earth.nullschool.net/

You can also see the Gulf of Mexico leaking over the Yucatan Penisula and blowing out the Gulf of Tehuantapec, where it’s blowing 30-45 kts. right now in a phenomenon known as a Tehuantapecker. You don’t want to be in a Tehuantapecker.

 

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