What are the Santa Ana and Diablo winds?

For people in California, the Santa Ana and Diablo winds are something that they experience every year. However, people outside the West Coast may ...

November 23, 2022
8:36 AM

For people in California, the Santa Ana and Diablo winds are something that they experience every year. However, people outside the West Coast may not be as familiar with these weather phenomena. Despite the different names, these winds are caused by the same type of weather pattern. The differences are their locations — Santa Ana winds happen in Southern California and blow from the Santa Ana Mountains, while Diablo winds happen in Northern California and blow from the Diablo Range. They are often blamed for increasing wildfire dangers, but they also bring some atypical weather to the usually Mediterranean-like climate of the California Coast.

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