OCSC Sailing School

Bay Area Weather

Description / Overview | Course Schedule

Bay Area Weather course

OCSC's " Bay Area Weather" course

Many of you are familiar with the westerly summer wind machine we have in the Bay. But do you know about central California's microclimates? Do you know why Sacramento's tule fog is more dangerous than San Francisco summer fog? In this course, learn about the anatomy of a winter storm, how to predict Santa Ana conditions on the Bay, and other useful weather information.

Topics Covered:

  • How heat creates weather
  • San Francisco Bay's famous sea breeze
  • Refracting breeze around Angel Island and San Francisco city front
  • Mystery of the summer morning southerly advection fog (fog with wind)
  • Tule fog
  • Warm fronts and cold fronts
  • Using clouds and wind to predict the weather
  • Interpreting marine Web and radio forecasts
  • How the wind and water interact to make a variety of wave types
  • Bay microclimates: from sun to fog to sun again in 15 minutes!

Class Information


  • Member: Free
  • Retail: $25.00

# of students:

  • 25 maximum


  • Classroom


  • Two-hour Seminar
    7-9 pm



Good To Know:

  • This seminar is free for members! If you're interested in deepening your weather understanding after Bay Area Weather, consider moving on to Weather for Mariners, a six-week, in-depth training for prospective cruising sailors.


Please call 800.223.2984 to make your reservation (or use the Eventbrite link below)
Note: If you are an OCSC Member, please call us in order to get the discounted rate.



April 2017

Bay Area Weather

  1. Sat, 29th 7:00pm Day 1

July 2017

Bay Area Weather

  1. Sat, 22nd 7:00pm Day 1

October 2017

Bay Area Weather

  1. Sat, 21st 7:00pm Day 1