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Old 28-04-2011, 06:25   #1
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Where is the Pacific High?

And if you answer "In the Pacific Ocean!" or "Why? Have you lost it?", I'll just club ya one!!

But seriously, we are getting ready for a transit from Panama to Seattle via Hawaii and I am looking to know where the high is, and whether it is higher or lower than its average position. We'll be leaving in a 2-3 weeks from the coast of Costa Rica, or somewhere around there, and I am wanting to plot ouir best route.

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Old 28-04-2011, 06:41   #2
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And if you answer "In the Pacific Ocean!" or "Why? Have you lost it?", I'll just club ya one!!

But seriously, we are getting ready for a transit from Panama to Seattle via Hawaii and I am looking to know where the high is, and whether it is higher or lower than its average position. We'll be leaving in a 2-3 weeks from the coast of Costa Rica, or somewhere around there, and I am wanting to plot ouir best route.

Thanks a lot.

It moves. Ask this question when you get to HA. Even then....

I had friends that sailed into it coming back from HA in 1985 because it moved after they got underway. Or it moved over them, I forget the exact story. Ask Cal40John ( http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...john-4581.html ), his story.
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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

well it does move around a bit, but here it is today . . .
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See ➥ Skirting the Pacific High | Cruising World
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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

I have been watching the weather daily for a month. How to get out of Panama, and it looks like it is a lot of motoring unless you sail well in light wind.........i2f
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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

Panama to Hawaii is one of the longest passages around and light weather is common. Do you realise that it's 5,000 miles ? Are you able to stay out at sea for 2 months ?

No matter where the high goes it will not come into play until after you leave Hawaii. Just stay south of 25, which you probably will anyway, and forget about it.

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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

It is here:

http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/P_sfc_full_ocean.gif

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I have just started looking at the Pacific gribs. The high looks really, really far north for this time of year. And, yes, it looks as though getting off the coast and into the trades will involve some motoring. But hopefully things will change over the next few weeks.

As for the route, it is only ~ 4,000 nm to HI. We'll hang there for a week or two and take in paradise before jumping off for the 2,800 nm trek to Seattle. All-in-all I calculate about 8,000 nm with gybing off the rhumb, sailing up the coast from Panama, etc.
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Nelson,

Are you in Panama now?..........i2f
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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

It sounds like you are planning to depart Hawaii for Seattle in early July? Do be aware that the high is often still pretty far to the north in early July, which can make the passage a long one. It tends to move south by mid-July, but it can truly be anywhere, or in several places at once. Or, it could be stable and focused. There can be big changes in the course of a few days.

I think the moral of this is "don't think you can plan months or weeks ahead".
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You should contact Fred on his blog

I have had some nice chats with him and he is an expert in weather.
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Re: Where is the Pacific High?

Whereever it is today, it won't be there next week!

I just wish the darn thing would go further north and send all this rotten weather to Canada.
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