The relationship between El Nino and the duration and frequency of the Santa Ana winds of southern California
|Title||The relationship between El Nino and the duration and frequency of the Santa Ana winds of southern California|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Finley J, Raphael M|
This study examines the variability of the duration and frequency of Santa Ana winds due to El Nino over a thirty-three-year period. Daily Weather Maps and NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis were used to study large-scale upper-level and surface circulation patterns during wind events. A Student's t-test was used to determine statistically significant changes in the winds during March of El Nino winters. A significant decrease in the duration and frequency of wind events was found in March during El Nino. This can be attributed to the decrease in strength and frequency of the Great Basin high pressure and the increase in wintertime cyclones in southern California.