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Wind and warmth will continue

Posted: January 18, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Warm wind gusts of nearly 30 mph whirled through the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday and will likely continue through Tuesday.

Gusts of up to 37 miles per hour could whip through the valley today, while temperatures hold steady in the mid-70s, forecasters said.

Though it can cause driving hazards and increased fire danger, the northeast winds are expected this time of year, said Bill Hoffer of the National Weather Service.

"The bottom line is Mother Nature is throwing us a pressure change," Hoffer said Sunday. "We are underneath a very strong ridge of high pressure trying to move east, and it's the lower pressure around it that's causing the difference. Mother Nature is always trying to balance herself out."

The Santa Clarita Valley saw a high of 75 degrees Sunday. Forecasters expect the area to have a high near 73 today and a high of around 74 Tuesday.

Temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley have been known to fluctuate drastically in January, Hoffer said.

Records show it has dipped into the 20s at times, but temperatures have also climbed to the low 90s.

"There's a tremendous difference between the highs and lows," Hoffer said. "In one respect it feels like it's warmer (currently), but the records say it ain't nothing new."

Though the gusty winds can be unpleasant, Hoffer said they're nothing to complain about.

"The rest of the country is freezing their tushies off and we're here basking in the warmth."


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