Santa Ana winds facts for kids
The Santa Ana winds are a kind of wind that happen in Southern California and northern Baja California. They are strong and extremely dry. They start in the mountains and blow towards the Pacific Ocean. They often happen during the autumn and winter. They cause wildfires to become worse.
These winds are a kind of katabatic wind, which means they come from the mountains.
Many people think the name "Santa Ana" comes from the Santa Ana Canyon in Orange County, California.
Images for kids
This map illustration shows a characteristic high-pressure area centered over the Great Basin, with the clockwise anticyclone wind flow out of the high-pressure center giving rise to a Santa Ana wind event as the airmass flows through the passes and canyons of southern California, manifesting as a dry northeasterly wind.
QuikSCAT image showing the speed of the Santa Ana winds (m/s).
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