Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blowing Past the Predictions

The wind has been good out at the kite areas, Algodones and La Manga. Sometimes the predictions say only 10 to 15 knots or less (today 6 to 8, tomorrow 7 to 9) but out at the beach it can be 15 to 20. As long as the prediction says NW or WNW there is a good chance of nice wind. And the low predictions discourage the out of town kiters from making the drive down here so it is not crowded at all.

Lots of times the view of the sea from in town will look almost calm, but just over the hill to the west it is blowing good. Luckily, we have a wind meter we can check online: Glenn's Meter. This meter is located on the coast of Algodones Bay across from where we kite and always measures a little less than what we get in our "sweet spot."

Over the holidays we had some really cold wind blowing but it has mellowed out lately. Normally the water temperature bottoms out at the end of December or first part of January. It has already climbed back up to 63 or 64 degrees.

The windiest part of the season is yet to come. Blow baby, blow.

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