March 13, 2024 at 12:38 pm

Final Forecast: Enhanced Santa Ana Wind Warning Issued for Thursday March 14, 2024; Full Details


This will be rather quick, because for the last week I have been predicting such, so I will summarize in bullet points.  Keep in mind the zoom-in maps have now been added with a full Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego County additional and will be provided in future updates from now on, bringing three new zoom-in maps for you.

  1. This is a level 8 event for below the Cajon Pass at the 15 and 210 interchange, which means if you are driving a high-profile vehicle, you are at greater risk of tipping over.
  2. This will impact from the Western inland Empire through Orange County as well, along the Santa Ana River, hence the name Santa Ana Winds.  Also do not argue Santana Winds because that is not true.  These are not devil winds nor will they be warm.  These are cold winds.
  3. They will be strongest between early morning around 2-3am to around 1pm on Thursday.  This is a quick event per say and not prolonged.
  4. This is from a cutoff low, which will meander for several days.  There could be moisture that comes into the area at times, the most moisture will hit the Las Vegas forecast area, certain for rain or even thunderstorms.  The rest of us will need to wait for my word on what we will have.  I do NOT want messages or comments stating, ‘my app says this’.  Your weather apps absolutely suck compared to what I offer for realism in these situations. I will handle the coming pattern and any impulses to come over the next several days.
  5. San Diego, you are not in my warning for these winds.  They are northerly, which means you do not have them.  You need easterly flow to bring them through your mountain passes to the east of you.
  6. Long Range, as I stated a week ago, does show some storm activity after the 20th, likely the last 10 days window of this month.
  7. Use the images for the zoom in Southern California Weather Force Wind Intensity Model stated within this write up –


Reference A – (Initial first call of this event) –

Raiden Storm Wind Gust Intensity Scale –
8. Extensive widespread damage.
7. Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is considerable. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over CERTAIN.
6. SOME Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is possible. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Likely, Do NOT recommend Traveling in this zone. This zone also is the starting zone where trees and powerlines will fall and damage cars and even kill people near or in them!
5. Slight damage occurs to buildings; shingles are blown off of roofs. HIGH WIND WARNING CRITERIA – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Possible if weight is not corrected.
4. Twigs and small branches are broken from trees, walking is difficult.

Stay tuned to Southern California Weather Force for more updates on this and other future events.

– Raiden Storm –

Master General Meteorologist – is a consulting meteorologist for over 50 companies, including energy, agriculture, aviation, marine, leisure, and many more areas. He has certs from Mississippi State for broadcast met and Penn State forecasting certs MET 101, 241, 341 and 361 as a meteorologist, but before then was completely self-taught, barely learning a thing from the schools that he did not already know.

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