The quest continues to capture an image of the strong winds that drive upwelling. These photos were taken on 6 March 2012 with the wind blowing from the northwest at 25–30 mph with higher gusts. Northwest swell was ~15 ft.
It was hard to stand still while taking these pictures — the wind was intense and kept knocking me off balance. And my hands were so cold they hurt! I don't often feel like I need to wear gloves in Bodega Bay, but today was one of those days. The offshore buoy was reporting an air temperature of 37°F with wind chill. Sea water temperature was 9.5°C and dropping. Although it's not visible in the photos, the spray at the top of breaking waves was blowing horizontally.