What Is a Santa Ana and How Are Santa Ana Winds Formed?

Santa Anas are similar to chinooks.

These winds blow from Utah and Nevada over the Sierra Nevada mountains and into southern California.

The air they bring is very dry, which causes vegetation to dehydrate, putting the region at risk for wildfires.

Winds in Hawaii have their own special names: Kona is a southwesterly wind that interrupts the Hawaiian northeast trade winds.

Mauka is a cool, light wind that drops down from the mountains.

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