Highly experienced Central Coast mariners, kite surfers, seafaring kayakers and coastal farmers and ranchers have told me this is the windiest spring they have ever seen.

Historically, along the Northern and Central California coast, spring is notorious for strong and persistent northwesterly winds, but it has been even more pronounced this year. After reviewing the wind data from Diablo Canyon Power Plant, I’ve confirmed that their observations are correct.

Since the start of April through Monday, June 13, northwesterly wind gusts have reached 40 mph or greater on 54 of the past 80 days at the Diablo Canyon Meteorological Tower. That was the most days above 40 mph during this time frame since 1976 when wind records started. So far this month, northwesterly wind gusts have reached 49 mph or greater on nine days.

John Lindsey is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at pgeweather@pge.com or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.

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