Weather

BASK trip

San Francisco Bay area weather is famous for changing quickly. Some areas within the bay have gusty winds when the rest of the bay is blessed with moderate breezes. Wind funnelling through the Golden Gate opposing an ebbtide can create steep, chaotic standing waves that require advanced paddling skills. In the summer, fog banks roar through the Golden Gate spreading over large areas fast - faster than you can paddle. In the afternoon, the north-west wind often increases drastically, and can make paddling back to your put-in a challenge.

To understand Bay Area weather use local knowledge to determine the probable conditions in the areas you plan to kayak. Also, refer to the list of weather web sites listed below and check current conditions and forecasts on the Trip Planner section of this web site. Forecasts for height and direction of ocean swells along the coast are quite reliable and available a few days in advance. But conditions on the ocean and in the bay vary widely and can change suddenly, so always be prepared and have a fall-back plan. (For the same reason, a fall-forward plan can also come in handy at times!)

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