Unfortunately for locals who insist that the winds are actually Santanas and that this name was later corrupted in Santa Ana, it is telling that Times made few references to the winds of Santana over the years, the first of which arrived only on November 18, 1956, in a brief note on the smog in Orange. County. The original spelling of the name of the winds is not clear, not to mention the origin. Although the winds today are commonly called Winds of Santa Ana or Santa Anas, many argue that the original name is Vientos de Santana (or, more correctly in Spanish, Winds of Satan).
Both versions of the name have been used. The name Santanas Winds is said to date back to Spanish California when the winds were called Satan's Hot Breath because of its warmth, a vision favored, among others, by the late television meteorologist Dr. George Fischbeck (who was said to refer to winds, in his popular way, such as the Santa Annies). The reference book Los Angeles A to Z (by Leonard & Dale Pitt), on the other hand, like many others, attributes the Santa Ana Canyon in Orange County as the origin of the name Santa Ana Winds, thus arguing the term Santa Anas.
Some of the earliest stories attributed the bed of the Santa Ana River that crosses the canyon as the source of the winds. Another account placed the origin of Santa Ana Winds with an Associated Press correspondent stationed in Santa Ana who, in a 1901 office, mistakenly began using Santa Ana Winds instead of Santana Winds. Today, Southern Californians are more likely to use Santa Ana winds, probably due to their common use by weather reporters and meteorologists. The Los Angeles Almanac, however, believes that the Winds of Santa Ana and the Winds of Santana are an old but probably misinterpretation, misinterpretation or mispronunciation of what the winds were originally called.
These super-hot winds are too widespread to realistically attribute only to the Santa Ana Canyon (winds vary along Southern California and Northern Baja California) and Santana doesn't really mean anything in Spanish, except being a surname. Rather, like the hot winds of Diablo or the Winds of the Devil in northern California, these winds (the “hot breath of Satan”) were probably originally named in Spanish after the dark lord himself, positioning the Winds of Satan or Winds of Satan closer to the historical term. Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry winds that originate inland and affect the coast of Southern California and northern Baja California. They originate from cold, dry air masses at high pressure in the Great Basin.
A song titled “Santa Ana Winds” is sung in a doo-wop style, which educates the viewer about the winds themselves. The Santa Ana winds and the accompanying raging wildfires have been part of the Los Angeles Basin ecosystem for more than 5,000 years, dating back to the region's first home by the Tongva and Tataviam people. For anyone what would become Orange County at the time, the winds seem to come out of Santa Ana Canyon, hence the name. The irony of this argument is that a few years ago, when I first questioned the use of Santana, I suggested that it was a Latin insult of Santa Ana, only to have Frank Sifuentes of El Centro punish him as an “Anglophile”.
At night, the Santa Ana winds merge with the terrestrial breeze that blows from land to sea and strengthen because the inland desert cools more than the ocean due to differences in heat capacity and because there is no competing sea breeze. The National Weather Service defines Santa Ana winds as strong winds on slopes that blow through mountain passes in the south. Santana winds or Santa Ana winds, most common in late summer and early fall, begin with dry air moving from inside the U. This view of the multi-angle imaging spectroradiometer shows the pattern of airborne dust agitated by the Santa Ana winds on February 9, 2002.
Like Santa Ana, these winds also heat up by compression and lose moisture, but because they start out so extraordinarily cold and dry and blow over snow and ice all the way to the sea, the perceived similarity is negligible. These passes include Paso de Soledad, Paso de Cajón, and Paso de San Gorgonio, all known to exaggerate Santa Anas as they are channeled. Santa Ana winds have been recognized and reported in English records as a meteorological phenomenon in Southern California since at least the mid-19th century. Under these conditions, car passengers can drive from the San Fernando Valley, where conditions are sunny and warm, over the low Santa Monica Mountains, to immerse themselves in the fresh, cloudy air, low clouds and fog characteristic of the sea air mass.
Since then, some people have continued to use the term “santana” for winds, although historically they are (and have been) the Santa Ana winds. The Santa Ana Winds or Santana Winds, most common in late summer and early fall, begin with dry air moving from inside the U. Santa Ana winds often bring the year's lowest relative humidities to California's southern coast. .