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Santa Ana Winds in Southern California

24 Nov 2022, 7:00 pm

Santa Ana winds are impacting Southern California, with gusts topping 70 mph in parts of the Southland this Friday. Santa Anas are a strong northeasterly wind and as the air drops in elevation towards the coast it compresses and dries out.  Areas of NE 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph for Los Angeles County and Santa Monica Mountains.

There is an elevated fire risk through this Friday morning for the area in pink. The winds in the mountains will be offshore, and warm up and speed up as they descend off the hills, meaning fire danger will be elevated as any spark will spread quickly in these wind conditions.

While our strongest winds are seen Thursday we will still deal with gusty conditions on Friday, especially in the mountains and canyons. We anticipate gusts at lowest levels to be on the order of 40-50 mph with stronger gusts over the high peaks.

Relative humidity will be in the single digits and low teens during the day through Saturday. While the low relatively humidity does not create a fire, it can certainly enhance the spread of flames by moving through dry air.

Additionally, drought conditions persist through southern California, meaning trees and brush are tinder dry and quick to catch.

For the latest forecast for the Southwest Region, tune in at :50 past each hour. You can also access the Western Regional Forecast on demand anytime through the WeatherNation app.

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Alana Cameron was born and raised in Canada in the city of Mississauga, just outside of Toronto. Alana is the oldest of 4 siblings, all close in age, and grew up playing outside with them in all types of weather. After graduating high school, Alana moved to study at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna for a year before transferring to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where sh... Load Moree completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Atmospheric Science. Upon completion, Alana moved back to Toronto where she completed a post-grad degree in Meteorology at York University. After her post-grad, she went on to complete another post-grad in Broadcast Journalism - TV News at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. During her final year of studies she had the privilege of interning with the best in the business in Canada at The Weather Network. Once she finished her internship, she got the call from small-town Denison, Texas where she accepted a job as an on-air meteorologist at KTEN-TV, right in tornado alley, covering severe weather from Sherman/Denison (North Texas) to Ada (Southern Oklahoma). After the most active tornado season Oklahoma had seen in May 2019 (105 tornadoes!) Alana is excited to join WeatherNation to cover weather all across the nation. If you're interested in following her on social media she can be found @alanacameronwx!