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Santa Ana winds often bring the lowest relative humidities of the year to coastal Southern California.
They often bring the lowest relative humidities of the year to coastal Southern California.
The combination of wind, heat, and dryness accompanying the Santa Ana winds turns the chaparral into explosive fuel feeding the infamous wildfires for which the region is known.
Wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds burned 721,791 acres (2,920.98 km Although the winds often have a destructive nature, they have some benefits as well.
A Santa Ana fog is a derivative phenomenon in which a ground fog settles in coastal Southern California at the end of a Santa Ana wind episode.
When Santa Ana conditions prevail, with winds in the lower two to three kilometers (1.25-1.8 miles) of the atmosphere from the north through east, the air over the coastal basin is extremely dry, and this dry air extends out over offshore waters of the Pacific Ocean.
In strong Santa Ana conditions, these harbors develop high surf and strong winds that can tear boats from their moorings and crash them onto the shore.