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Weather for the Baja California Peninsula

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Monday, April 21, 2014 8:40 AM MST It is a back to work Monday, following a week of popular vacation time, school closings and federal offices being closed. Beaches were jammed this past weekend, but increased vigilance kept traffic accidents to a minimum. A trough is anchored to a Low over the Southern California deserts and will continue to draw a flow from the colder Pacific into the warming Sea of Cortez. Today, our new SST Analysis and Anomaly are updated today and the western side of the Sea of Cortez is warming up more quickly than normal this season.

In Baja California, a series of cold fronts are going to dance around the border areas for the next several days. Temperatures along the coast will remain in the low 60's with morning gray skies and late afternoon clearing. These fronts may even bring some showers closer to the weekend. Inland in Mexicali the skies will be sunny and temps burning in on 100°F. Winds will pick up tomorrow a the front passes, winds will return late in the week as another cold wave passes. Along the Sea of Cortez, San Felipe will have sunny and mid 80's today, breezes will pick up late tomorrow and temps will fall slightly. On Wednesday temps will return to the upper 70's for a few days, with the cool weather extending into next week.

In Baja California Sur, Santa Rosalia will have sunny skies and temps in the low to mid 80's through the forecast period with some stronger winds from the NNW on Wednesday. Loreto will be sunny today and pretty much through the 10 day forecast period with a light winds from the WNW, pretty enviable weather. In La Paz is it sunny and the temps will hover around a seasonal average 90°F through the forecast period.

As to the winds, winds will peak in the early afternoon in the Sea, mostly from the WNW in the northern Sea and WSW in the southern Sea. Nothing is going to blow particularly bawdy. maybe to 15kts. On the Pacific side it will be a sadder story for those vessels making the bash back toward the states. A consistent winds from the NNW - WNW will blow to 15kts with periods peaking near 22kts from the NNW as the front moves southeast down the peninsula Tuesday/Wednesday. With the warm days, clear skies and High pressure on the Pacific side and a trough in the Sea of Cortez, La Paz can expect Coromuel Winds from the SSW/WSW 12-22kts on any given evening this week. This phenomenon is uniquely hard to anticipate and I have found our GFS model and other point n' click winds forecasts sites to be as inaccurate as to 50%. Enjoy your day.

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