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  •  Our wet cycles are 15-20 years in duration (2+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, Seneca Doane

    and so, unfortunately, are the dry cycles.

    I was born and raised in L.A. and can recall day after day of gloomy, rainy weather in the 1950's and 1960's.  If there were Santa Ana winds, I don't recall them at all.

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    by dotalbon on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 09:01:19 PM PDT

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    •  I remember (2+ / 0-)
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      visiting my godparents in L.A. when I was littl'un, in 1964, in November. The air was bright and clean, sharp with coolness, but the sun shone most of the time we were there. No one mwntioned the Santa Anas.

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      by crose on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 09:45:50 PM PDT

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      •  My family's ilved here (1+ / 0-)
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        --on and off (though always some of us...) since the early 1950s.\

        I remember the Santa Anas in 1967 and '68.

        But by November, they're over, largely. The condition comes up, but it's not nearly as hot,a nd the winds aren't as strong. It's responsible for the middle of winter warm spells that can reach into the 80s in January... long enough to trick the peach trees (etc) into thinking it's spring, and blow all the smog in L.A. out to sea. Coupled with some rain, you can suddenly see the L.A. Basin's staggering natural beauty... before it slides back into its smoggy wrapper.

        We don't think/talk about the Santa Anas much out of season. Sort of like thinking about tax season...

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        by ogre on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 10:56:45 PM PDT

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