NEWS AND NOTES SANTA ANAS FEED THE FISH concentrations indicated that bio- nia." High pressure develops in- Every year, southern California's logical productivity at the surface land when cold air is trapped over Santa Ana winds create hot, dry went from negligible (before the the mountains, driving the dry, conditions and fire hazards. Despite winds) to very active (more than hot, and dusty Santa Anas at high their often destructive nature, Santa 1.5 mg m~3) during the winds. speeds toward the coast. The Ana winds have benefits as well, ac- The researchers used Quik- winds, occurring in fall, winter, and cording to a new study based on SCAT's high-resolution images of spring, can reach 70 mph. They data from NASA's Quick Scatter- air-sea interaction to measure wind happen at any time of day and usu- ometer (QuikSCAT) spacecraft. forces on the ocean. They used other ally reach peak strength in Decem- "These strong ber. Telltale signs on the coast include good winds, which blow , un- from the land out into visibility inland usually low humidity, the ocean, cause cold and an approaching water to rise from the dark brown dust cloud. bottom of the ocean to the top,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2004
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