Santa Ana wind

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Etymology[edit]

From Santa Ana, formerly a Spanish settlement in southern California + wind. But see also Santana wind.

Noun[edit]

Santa Ana wind (plural Santa Ana winds)

  1. A foehn occurring during certain weather conditions in the Los Angeles area.
    • 1968, A splintered tree stump on Euclid Avenue in Upland illustrates the effects of a Santa Ana wind in 1953—the worst ever to hit the area. — Automobile Club of Southern California, Westways (special issue) p. 7
    • 2004, Coincidentally, Santa Barbara's modern record temperature of 115° also occurred on June 17, in 1917, and under the influence of a Santa Ana wind. — Christopher C Burt, Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book ISBN 0393326586 p. 254
    • 2001, This essay about the Santa Ana wind of southern California does more than leave us with an image, it creates deep within us a mood. — Theodore A. Rees Cheney, Writing Creative Nonfiction: Fiction Techniques for Crafting Great Nonfiction ISBN 1580082297 p. 27