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Offshore wind mix-up

Posted: September 27, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
In the Sept. 21 edition ("Firefighters gear up for hot, dry week"), reporter Jessica Selva seems to have misunderstood her source from the National Weather service. She quotes Stuart Sevo as saying, "Offshore winds generally originate from the ocean, travel over the mountains and settle into the valleys."

The term "offshore" refers to the direction the wind is headed, not where it originated. Offshore winds travel, for the most part, east to west.

It is nearly impossible for winds to blow over Southern California's cold Pacific Ocean and produce warm, dry wind.


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