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US Finally, some good news for California: Infamous Diablo and Santa Ana winds will die down soon

20:10  01 november  2019
20:10  01 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Finally, some good weather news for California.

The pattern responsible for the recent strong wind events in California is forecast to end soon, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

This includes both the infamous Santa Ana winds in southern California and the Diablo winds in northern California, both of which have exacerbated wildfires across the state.

Friday could be the last very windy day for a while in southern California: "Santa Ana winds will continue to diminish gradually on Friday, with wind gusts generally ranging between 25 and 35 mph across the mountains of Los Angeles," the National Weather Service said Friday.

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In general, these strong wind events are courtesy of large high-pressure areas that park themselves over the interior West. Warm, dry winds blow from the high-pressure areas down toward the Pacific Ocean.

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"While the dry pattern will continue during the first seven to 10 days of November, the storm track and subsequent track of high-pressure areas will shift farther inland," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson.

Little in the way of welcome rain will fall across California for at least the next week to 10 days. But beyond that, signs point to a wetter pattern setting in: The first soaking rainstorm could arrive in northern California between Nov. 10 and 12, AccuWeather said.

It will be a much longer wait in southern California, however.

"Southern California may have to wait for many weeks before rain arrives," Anderson said. Significant rainfall may not fall there until late November or even December.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Finally, some good news for California: Infamous Diablo and Santa Ana winds will die down soon

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