A few Royal Terns hanging out during the Santa Ana winds. Santa Ana’s are winds that blow from east to west here in Southern California. As air descends in elevation, it gets drier. As it dries, it gains more speed creating a positive feedback loop. They happen every year but are not the predominant wind pattern. When the hot Santa Ana’s coincide with a good swell the waves can be great. If it happens closer to winter, the contrast between the cold water and the hot air creates a wonderful sensation. This year and last year, however, have been punctuated by brush fires that have destroyed structures and taken life. As global temperatures rise weather patterns change and become more extreme. Let’s all do our part to consume less thereby reducing our impact on the earth.