Apr 16 2015
Those darn Devil Winds are whipping today! I can feel it in my bones….making my hair stand on end! The static energy these winds bring seems to affect me at a core level. Do you feel it too?
Yesterday was so nice and TODAY….. Well, it got me wondering where do these wild winds come from? Here is what Wikipedia had to say: Santa Ana Winds aka “Devil Winds” are strong, dry winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and Northern Baja California. Devil Winds form when the surface air in elevated regions of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert (the “high desert”) become cold and blow toward the coast. As the air channels down through the valleys, canyons and major mountain passes; the speed accelerates, at times exceeding 40 miles per hour, becoming dry and warm as it compresses. These hot dry winds can add “fuel to the fire” when it comes to brush or forest fires, especially under drought conditions. 
If you are anything like me you probably spend a good portion of your day driving to and from work, running errands and shuttling the kids around. Did you know that the wind can pose some real dangers on the road? Here are 7 helpful hints for safe driving in windy conditions:
- Plan ahead. Leave extra time to reach your destination and be sure to buckle up for safety.
- Slow your speed to a safe driving speed and turn on headlights if needed; visibility may become impaired by blowing dust, sand or debris.
- Keep your hands on the wheel. Be sure to hold the wheel firmly as strong winds tend to gust and can blow your vehicle around or when driving from wind-protected areas to unprotected areas.
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, particularly RVs, campers, trucks, buses, or trailers being towed. These vehicles could swing out and hit your car in a sudden wind gust.
- Take extra car in a high-profile vehicle such as a truck, van, SUV, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed of flipped by high winds.
- Listen to the radio for changes in weather conditions that could create more dangerous driving.
- Avoid parking near trees, buildings and downed power lines. Never drive over or touch downed power lines they may still be alive and very dangerous.
During Santa Ana conditions you can almost certainly bet that it is hotter along the coast than it is in the desert. TODAY is a hot one….the surfers around here are lovin’ it because the winds make the waves nearly perfect. Take it slow today, drive safe and be kind in all you do.
We are wishing each and every one of you a safe and positive day!