Southern California Weather Force has issued a Santa Ana Wind Watch effective now for Friday night into Saturday for below passes and canyons, parts of the High Desert, all Mountain areas, and the Lower Desert areas along and near the Colorado River Valley and the long range wind models have been updated so read on for details …
NOTE: This article has SCWF model images of what is being talked about. Scroll below after reading and view those clickable images.
An upper-level low pressure system will drop into the Southwestern United States on Friday. This system will move directly over the state of Arizona, which puts us in Southern California under the upper/mid/low level west periphery where winds will move from northeast to southwest across the area, otherwise known as offshore flow. The cold upper-level low will bring all that air down and cause what looks to be a stronger Santa Ana Wind Event, at least the strongest we’ve seen thus far this month.
SCWF wind models have been updated in the long range showing the notable, strong, and strongest areas expected. As always, the strongest zones will be the Los Angeles County Mountains around Camp 9 west through Acton, along Highway 14. The upper support could even allow this event to open up the San Gabriel Valley in gusty wind potential with mountain wave activity diving down. Judging by the images below in the SCWF long range Santa Ana Wind Model, the winds showing on there going offshore from Ventura, blasting well offshore toward the Channel Island as well as the Orange County to Catalina wind tunnel showing up this far out signals this is shaping to be a strong event.
Given the cold air advection from the Great Basin in Nevada, these winds will be on the colder side.
Whatever precautions you take for impending Santa Ana Winds, do so now throughout the week as you have plenty of notice from here at Southern California Weather Force. Updates will be made according to any changes, but this article will do for now.
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LONG RANGE: We start to see the Pacific become a bit more active after say January 24-25. This is when our best shot of actual storm activity to help bring January’s rainfall totals up some. It’s the best shot we have this month. I am not confident in strength at this time to issue a ‘long range weather advisory’ like I did last month. It just doesn’t have the kick I am looking for yet, but I am always monitoring. I do not expect it to be a major event and January is still scheduled to end well below average in precipitation.
I control 10 counties in Southern California so there is a lot to say for various areas. The best I can do is let the images below speak for themselves.
The maps below are of flood, rain, snow, snow-level, or wind intensity, whichever is available now. Each one is clickable. Map 1 is NW SoCal, Map 2 is SW SoCal, Map 3 is SE SoCal, Map 4 is NE SoCal, Map 5 is the Cajon Pass, and Map 6 is the SCV region, which includes Gorman at the top.
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