In Southern California we get wind. I am talking some serious wind. These winds are dry. They increase the fire danger and wreak havoc on highways. They topple big rigs and RVs take cover. They knock down power lines and trees. They kick up dust and dirt. They come roaring through canyons This phenomenon is known as the Santa Ana winds. They are sometimes called ‘Devil Winds.’ Santa Anas usually blow in the fall or spring but are known to pop up any time. Next to rain, the are probably the most talked about weather condition in these parts.
We recently experienced several days of Santa Ana winds with speeds of about 50 mph and wind gusts of 89 mph. Sometimes more they are worse. Most of us don’t like the wind much. They can keep you up at night as you listen to the howling outside. Waking up the next morning you can expect a mess outside but hesitate to even attempt a clean up for most certainly they will start up again.
We have lost awnings, a glass patio table, plants, and shingles due to the winds. Nothing quite like waking up to the sound of shattered glass as your patio table is tossed about and destroyed. You never know what to expect.
It is a bit difficult to photograph the wind!
Well…you get the idea
Our wind chimes were going crazy.
The plants were getting beat up.
The nice thing about the wind is the beautiful blue skies that are left behind.
(see the mountains in the background?)
As quickly as they started they are gone!
The winds died down and have been replaced by partly cloudy skies.
It seems we are in for rain. WOW! The weather forecasters must been excited to have so much to talk about. (Things can get pretty dull around here when it comes to weather with all that sunshine). Nothing like a little rain on the horizon get them hopping with news about what ifs, traffic, percentages, and the morning commute.
At least we were able to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
That is life in Southern California!
The wind…the rain…and the elements…
aren’t those the words to a song?