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We had a gust front from a Chubasco come through at about 3 am.

An area of convection on the mainland collapsed just before midnight, and it sent out a bow wave of thunderstorms and disturbed air over the Sea of Cortez. Although the collapsing Chubasco did not significantly cross into the sea, It’s effects were noticed and felt more than a hundred miles away.

The bow wave started as a patch of weak thunderstorms that became progressively weaker as they crossed the sea. By the time they reached us in Isla Coronados, the bow wave had broken up and we had a few minutes of wind gusts recorded on one boat at a maximum of 36 knots. Exit Only had only about 20 to 25 knots of wind max.

We don’t have access to weather radar covering that part of the Sea of Cortez, but if we did, we might have seen a pattern on radar called a bow echo that’s is associated with significant thunderstorms traveling in an organized fashion for many miles.

There is at type of storm called a Derecho where winds spread out mainly in a straight direction for more than a hundred miles.

I don’t know if we had a Bow Echo or a Derecho, but there certainly was a bow wave of wind and clouds created by the collapse of a chubasco on the mainland more than 100 miles away.

The bow wave made it across the Sea of Cortez in slightly over two hours, and the remnants of it required another 30 to 45 minutes to reach Isla Coronados.

Very interesting.

There’s a lot more to Chubascos than the big red area of convection on enhanced infrared imagery that we see nightly over the mainland. When a thunderstorm tops out at 70,000 feet altitude, and the storm collapses, the descending wind sends a bow wave of clouds out over the Sea of Cortez that travels more than a hundred miles in a couple of hours.

When a Chubasco bow wave crosses the sea in two hours, you are easily looking at 35 - 40 knots of wind, because that’s how fast the gust front is moving. You could easily see more than 50 knots out in the middle of the sea.

When sailing offshore in Chubasco Land, you have to understand that the bow wave from a Chubasco can knock your socks off when there is no Chubasco in sight.

Lesson learned.

Dr. Dave

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