By Mike Godsey

Despite the forecast for solid winds at La Ventana and somewhat lesser winds for El Sargento and Los Barriles the winds looked a bit iffy mid morning. Clouds clogged the coastal valleys and the winds plateaued in the mid to upper-teens.

Then as you see in this satellite imagery the clouds cleared the Los Planes Valley which heated and the local pressure gradient curved and accelerated the Sea of Cortez winds to the beaches.