First Santa Ana Wind Event Of The Year

Friday October 12, 2018

     The National Weather Service says the first Santa Ana weather event of the season is forecast for Sunday night through Tuesday in Ventura County.

   Here is what they are saying...

   "The first widespread Santa Ana wind event could bring significant fire weather impacts to Southwest California early next week.

   There is the potential for a fairly long duration of Santa Ana winds and low humidities affecting Ventura and Los Angeles counties from late Sunday through Tuesday.

   There is a chance that gusty Santa Ana winds and associated drying could occur as early as late Sunday morning or afternoon.

   For wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, northeast winds gusting between 30 and 50 mph will be possible during this event, with Monday likely being the peak of the wind event.

   A long duration of humidities in the single digits and teens is expected with this event, including very poor humidity recoveries in the mountains, foothills, and wind prone areas.

   The gusty Santa Ana winds, very low humidities, warm temperatures, and very dry fuels will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, along with elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions across Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

    If fire ignition occurs, there will be the potential for very rapid fire spread, long-range spotting, and extreme fire behavior that could lead to a threat to life and property."