STRONG SANTA ANA WINDS
Strong HIGH pressure over the Great Basin with lower pressure along the California coast combined with some cold air and upper-level support will produce strong, gusty Santa Ana winds today. Isolated peak wind gusts of 60-70mph+ are possible in some mountain areas and favorable passes and canyons. The winds will be strongest this morning. Skies will be sunny with mild to warm temperatures. As with all offshore wind events, the warmest temperatures will be found across the coastal plains. For example, Santa Clarita will only reach 70 today while Downtown L.A. should hit 81. The high winds and low humidity values will produce a high fire danger. A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect today for most of the region...Click on the image to the left for more information on the winds.
*A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES AND THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE DESERTS AND THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS, ALL OTHER AREAS ARE UNDER A WIND ADVISORY*
High temperatures today will range from near 70 on the beaches to about 80 inland. Downtown L.A. (USC) should reach 81 (average is 70). Coastal area highs will range from 70-78 and the valleys and Inland Empire will top off between 70-76. Lancaster will reach 64, Hesperia 62, Apple Valley 63, Big Bear 44 and Palm Springs 78.
L.A. Quick Check:
Today: Windy & Warm 81
Thursday: Hazy Sunshine 78
Friday: Sunny & Mild 76
RickOmeter for *LOS ANGELES* Today (Scale of 1-10 with a 10 the best weather): 7
VERY ACTIVE weather with severe thunderstorms, rain, snow, ice, wind and cold temperatures continue across parts of the US. Click on the map to the left for today's national forecast.
Rick's Weather Extra: For a break down on how mild and dry it has been across southern California this winter...Click on the image to the left....
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