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11/16/2007

More strong Santa Ana winds forecast


CALIFORNIA, USA
Another potent Santa Ana is likely by the middle of next week, and National Weather Service forecasters believe it could pack winds at least as powerful as the gusts that fanned last months' wildfires. “Confidence is growing that another strong wind event will happen. The winds might even be stronger, if you can believe that.” Next week, the Santa Ana that is taking shape should have better “upper-air support,” which would enhance the winds. That means the winds in the upper atmosphere should be strong and blowing in the same direction as surface winds. The winds last month didn't have similar upper-air support. The winds are expected to hit Riverside and San Bernardino counties Tuesday and peak in San Diego County the next day. “It will be a cold, dry and very windy Santa Ana. By Wednesday morning, it looks like it will be howling for sure.” Humidity levels are expected to be very low next week, just as they were when the wildfires began Oct. 21. The only saving grace will be that the RECORD-BREAKING TEMPERATURES the county saw Wednesday in Ramona and at the Wild Animal Park will slacken off. Temperatures should be 10 to 20 degrees lower than they were during last month's firestorms. The Wild Animal Park near Escondido hit 92 degrees, breaking the Nov. 14 record of 87 set in 2005. The Ramona Airport recorded a high of 90, breaking the mark of 85 set in 1999.
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