My adventures in and near Deep Canyon, located near Palm Desert, CA and the pinyon mountains near it.
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Santa Ana winds and the mountains
The Santa Ana winds were back Sunday. Santa Anas are winds from the high desert which swoop down into the low desert and areas of Los Angeles. Normally, our winds come from the ocean...moist and cool. Santa Anas come dry, from the high desert and dry out everything in their path. Those of us who live in Southern California dread Santa Ana winds. I'm a native Southern Californian myself and I shudder when they arrive...it means hot, dry air, restless kids and animals, and a general "off" feeling. They stir up dust, mold, fungi, and cause allergies. I've lived through too many fires during the Santa Anas and waves of crime, too. Everybody is "on edge" during them. So, when I noticed that the wind was blowing in the opposite direction on Sunday, I knew it was a Santa Ana wind. I also noticed that the local fire station in Pinyon had its doors open, engines ready to roll. Fortunately, a cold front from Canada is heading our way and temps will be dropping 30 degrees during the daytime later this week.