Wind Advisory Issued for Travel into the Southern California Deserts for Friday, May 24, 2024


Southern California Weather Force has issued a Wind Advisory for the High and Low Desert to Kern County Mountains, effective Friday, May 24, 2024.

Normally I would not issue an advisory for this type of onshore flow, but being Memorial Day Weekend travel, it will be done now.

Onshore flow will develop on Friday, with the strongest winds being then.  Westerly winds will bring travel concerns to high profile vehicles in the desert zones.  If you are planning on taking the 10 through the Banning Pass, expect level 7 conditions near Whitewater, North Palm Springs, and Desert Hot Springs.  Highway 62 runs north to south through the level 7 zone, so high profile vehicles are going to get a strong crosswind in that area, and it is recommended you travel the 10 to Blythe and into the river zones should you be going that direction.

Other areas of crosswind concerns would be Highway 8 across the Ocotillo forecast zones, down at the San Diego and Imperial County border areas at a level 6.

For everywhere else, use the SCWF Wind Model zoom-in maps for this, which again is Friday, May 24, 2024


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.

– Raiden Storm –

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