Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. —Raymond Chandler, “Red Wind”
Well, so much for that cool weather we’d been having. We’re going from highs in the mid-70’s to highs in the high 90’s in mere days. In October! Wait, in late October! In fact, my weather widget says we’re going to be about 101 on Tuesday!! This of course, also means the official start of fire season here in Southern California. Damn those warm Santa Ana winds.
Many movies refer to the Santa Anas and the craziness it has on the people. I remember this being a key plot point during Steve Martin’s LA Story. It was also mentioned during the more recent, The Holiday where Jack Black’s character says that when the Santa Ana’s blow, that “all bets are off” and “anything can happen.” It’s also said to be a important part of the storyline in White Oleander. Believe it or not it really is a crazy experience, especially when you go from a cold snap, to the windy, dry heat that is the Santa Ana’s.
So consider yourself warned…the Santa Ana’s are coming!!