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|Posted on December 4, 2011 at 4:11 AM|
This time of year we usually have strong winds called Santa Ana Winds. They come from the north or northeast. Normally they bring hot temperatures and they are especially bad below the mountain passes. When fires start, it is almost impossible to stop them.
This year we didn't have much problem with winds until December 1. The night of Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, we had a very strong wind from the north, and it was cold. It was one of the strongest winds we have had in the last 10 or 20 years. It blew down thousands of trees! The trees fell on houses, cars and electric lines (causing the power poles to break and fall). Hardest hit were Pasadena, Arcadia, Temple City, and Irwindale. About 300 trees fell in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Fourteen school districts cancelled classes on Thursday and Friday because the streets were full of trees. Three hundred thousand people didn't have electricity. By Saturday night, there were still 77,500 people with no electricity. The temperature at night is about 40 degrees and people are cold. But the refrigerators are not cold. Food is spoiling, and the people just have to throw it away.
Friday, we got a break. It wasn't windy. But Saturday was windy again and the forecast is for more windy days until Wednesday.
Categories: Weather in California