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Los Angeles Wind Statistics

October Wind

Los Angeles / USC Campus Downtown (3.1 miles)

  • Strongest 2 October, 2021

    6.9mph W
  • Average October

  • Strongest 4 September, 2021

    8.1mph W
  • Average September

  • Strongest 3 March, 2021

    15mph E
  • Average 2021

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Some of the strongest winds of the season roared into Southern California to start the week, whipping up dust storms, toppling trees and triggering power outages.

A wind advisory remains in effect Tuesday morning for some areas as winds decrease. An autumn chill will last into Tuesday before a warming trend for the remainder of the week.

Wind advisories were extended until 3 p.m. for the Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles Mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range. Monday's wind advisories were allowed to expire for the LA County coast, downtown LA. and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, but breezy conditions were expected to remain in other areas as a storm system moves out of the area.

A widespread part of Southern California is under a a dust advisory through Tuesday due to high winds. Blowing dust can create hazardous and unhealthy air quality levels. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said people in areas with windblown dust should, if possible, stay indoors with windows and doors closed. 

A high surf advisory also is in effect until 8 a.m. in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

High winds that caused a dust storm prompted a closure of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway Monday in the Lancaster area. The 14 Freeway was closed in both directions about 10 a.m. between Avenue A and Avenue I, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The dust storm resulted in low to zero visibility, the CHP reported.

The weather is more extreme in southwestern California counties, including Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino, where there are also wind and high surf advisories in effect through Tuesday. Gusts could hit 50 to 70 MPH in the mountains and adjacent desert slopes, according to NWS officials.

Desert areas in those regions will get gusts of 35 to 55 MPH, while the coasts and valleys will reach 25 to 35 MPH.

There was a small chance of showers mainly in the mountains or far inland valleys and foothills, with a high wind warning and frost advisory in effect Monday night in the Antelope Valley. A dusting of snow was forecast above about 7,000 feet.

SoCal Edison said Monday that some residents in Kern, Los Angeles and Ventura counties might face shutoffs as the region prepares for gusts that could cause wildfires to spread rapidly if sparked by downed power lines. Strong wind gusts are expected to build Monday afternoon during one of the region's most dangerous times of the year for wildfires.

As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported a total of 10,200 customers affected without power. Historic South Central had the most customers without power at 2,900.

Since Monday night, 22,900 customers have had their power restored by LADWP.

By 10 a.m. Tuesday, 3,588 customers of LADWP were without power in the city of LA, and, 29,064 had their power restored.

Overnight, powerful winds took down large trees, damaging cars and blocking roads and knocking out power to over 10,000 people. Lauren Coronado reports for Today in LA on Oct. 12, 2021

Note: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power does not use proactive power shut-offs. The areas below are in the SoCal Edison service area.

Where are public safety power shutoffs possible?

  • Los Angeles County: 5,608
  • Ventura County: 3,174
  • Kern County: 328

Why shut off power?

Most of the deadly California fires over the past several decades, including the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California, have been the result of power lines in high-wind situations.

Add in Southern California's infamous Santa Ana winds, and you have extremely volatile conditions. The winds can fan flames sparked by downed power lines.

Where are the possible outage areas?

For a detailed listing of all areas affected and maps to check if you may face a proactive shut-off, visit SCE's Public Safety Power Shutoff page.

How do proactive outages work?

Meteorologists and other SoCal Edison staff members use high-resolution weather data maps and other tools to monitor extreme fire weather. SoCal Edison also uses weather stations, historical data and fire monitoring cameras to determine fire potential. 

If conditions warrant, the utility will shut off power in high-risk areas. Customers can receive notifications about outages in their area through emails, text or phone calls. The utility will alert first responders, local governments and customers of power shut-off. 

Here are some of the factors the utility considers before declaring an outage.

  • High winds, including red flag warnings
  • Low humidity
  • Dry vegetation that provide fire fuel
  • On-the-ground observations
  • Fire threat to electric infrastructure
  • Public safety risk

An initial notification is sent out about two days before a possible shut-off to warn customers. A second notification will be sent a day before, then notifications are sent when power is shut off and when it's restored. Restoration is based on when weather conditions are deemed safe. 

Why are Santa Ana winds so dangerous?

The fire-whipping winds are produced by surface high pressure over the Great Basin squeezing air down through canyons and passes in Southern California's mountain ranges. They're common in the fall and have a long history of fanning destructive wildfires in the region. 

Fall is historically the worst time of the year for damaging wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires have occurred in October and November.

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Powerful, Blustery Winds Down Trees In LA Neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES — A storm system is bringing cool and blustery weather to the Southern California area Monday — with gale force winds and rough seas at the coast and damaging gusts possible in the mountains — and Southern California Edison is considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

The winds will weaken overnight, but the autumn chill — with highs reaching only the lower 70s Monday — will last into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. A warming trend will follow for the remainder of the week.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday among beach cities along the Los Angeles County coastline, as well as downtown Los Angeles the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and Santa Clarita Valley. Northwest to north winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 mph, are forecast.

A high surf advisory also is in effect from noon Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.

NWS officials said the gusty winds could make driving difficult for high profile vehicles, and they warned that tree limbs may fall and cause power outages. People also are urged to secure all outdoor objects that could blow away.

SoCal Edison said the weather conditions may create the potential for elevated fire risk and that Public Safety Power Shutoffs were under consideration for certain communities. Visit to find out which areas are under Public Safety Power Shutoff consideration.

As of Monday morning, high winds already caused a dust storm in the Antelope Valley that prompted the closure of a stretch of the 14 Freeway in the Lancaster area.

The freeway was closed in both directions about 10 a.m. between Avenue A and Avenue I, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A short time later, authorities reported that SR138 was closed in both directions from 130th Street to 175th Street.

The dust storm resulted in “low to zero visibility” in the area, the CHP reported.

The weather is more extreme in southwestern California counties, including Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino, where there are also wind and high surf advisories in effect through tomorrow and gusts today could hit 50 to 70 mph in the mountains and adjacent desert slopes, according to NWS officials.

Desert areas in those regions will get gusts of 35 to 55 mph, while the coasts and valleys will reach 25 to 35 mph.

There also is a small chance of showers mainly in the mountains or far inland valleys and foothills Monday afternoon through early evening, with a high wind warning and frost advisory in effect Monday night in the Antelope Valley. A dusting of snow is possible above about 7,000 feet.

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Power shut-offs loom for tens of thousands of Californians amid gusty winds

More than 34,000 Californians could have their electricity intentionally shut off this week as cold, gusty winds increase the potential for fire danger throughout the state.

Southern California Edison over the weekend began warning about 9,100 customers in Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties that their power might be cut by Tuesday afternoon, said Gabriela Ornelas, a spokeswoman for the utility. Most of those customers are near Santa Clarita and Simi Valley.

In Central and Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric began cutting power Monday, said Deanna Contreras, a utility spokeswoman.

About 25,000 customers in portions of 22 counties — stretching from Santa Barbara County northward to Shasta County — could experience blackouts, she said.

The controversial “public safety power shut-offs” have become common in California in recent years, with the state’s largest utilities de-energizing hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses to prevent disaster as climate change drives record-setting wildfire seasons.

Electric utilities turn off power circuits when forecasts predict strong wind and dry conditions that could cause trees to fall on power lines or damage other electrical equipment, creating a spark.

Contreras said that any electrical lines shut off this week will be inspected by crews on foot or in helicopters to make sure they are safe to reenergize. Power is expected to be restored by Tuesday night in Central and Northern California, she said.

The Tejon Pass rest areas on both sides of Interstate 5 will be closed until Wednesday due to a power outage, California Department of Transportation officials announced.

On Monday morning, PG&E began opening dozens of community resource centers for customers to charge medical equipment and electronic devices, use the internet and seek air conditioning and heating.

In case there was any doubt that fall — and pumpkin spice season, for all the naysayers on social media — is officially here, a dry cold front originating in the Gulf of Alaska is responsible for the autumn drama in the weather outlook this week, forecasters say.

Or, as the National Weather Service in Eureka tweeted, it’s a “classic case of Fire and Ice!” as northerly winds bring the potential for both freezing temperatures and wildfire danger in the drought-plagued Golden State.

In Southern California, the most powerful winds — with gusts over 60 mph — are anticipated in the Los Angeles-area mountains and in the Antelope Valley through early Tuesday, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

In the valleys, gusts could reach 25 to 40 mph, and along the coast, they could hit 25 to 30 mph, Thompson said.

Meanwhile, freezing temperatures are possible in the Antelope Valley through Wednesday, he said.

High winds led to dust storms in the area Monday morning, dropping visibility to nearly zero.

Around 10 a.m., the 14 Freeway near Lancaster was closed in both directions between Avenue A and Avenue I, according to the California Highway Patrol. A portion of State Route 138 was also closed.

All lanes of the 14 were later reopened. But the 138 remained closed till Wednesday afternoon from 110th Street to 180th Street, the CHP said.

Drivers were cautioned by the National Weather Service to use headlights and to slow down during dust storms. According to the weather service, high winds and dust are likely to continue through 11 tonight.

Farther north, red flag warnings are in effect through Tuesday for much of the Central Valley, Bay Area, Sacramento Valley and the northernmost parts of the state, according to the weather service.

A freeze watch is in effect for the interior valleys of Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties through Tuesday morning.

“Anything that could ignite a fire should be avoided,” said Jonathan Garner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Eureka. “If a fire gets out of hand, it’ll spread rapidly.”

Garner urged residents to obey burn bans, avoid open flames and protect plants and pets from the cold.

In the Bay Area, higher elevations are expected to be most affected by north and northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph through Tuesday evening, said Anna Schneider, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Monterey.

Away from the coast, humidity could drop lower than 10% by Tuesday, further increasing fire danger, Schneider said.

In the Sacramento area, wind gusts up to 55 mph may blow through the valleys.

“We do see these kind of north winds events every fall, but this is an unusually strong one,” said Eric Kurth, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Kurth said motorists should be on high alert early this week if they are driving large vehicles such as big rigs, or if they are driving near such vehicles, control of which can be easily lost during high winds. Drivers should watch for downed trees, power lines and even wind-blown trash cans.

As Kurth drove into work Monday morning, dust blowing from nearby construction sites obscured his view of the road.

“Just use more caution driving,” he said. “Be very aware of anything that could make sparks or start a wildfire.”

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Dust storm sweeps through Lancaster, triggers road closures amid high wind warning

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- A dust storm that swept through the Lancaster area on Monday temporarily prompted a road closure amid high wind warnings that were in effect for large swaths of Los Angeles County.

A video posted by the California Transportation Department on Twitter shows an empty section of Route 138 as a cloud of dust covered the area. In addition to the 138, a section of the 14 was also shut down due to the dust.

Visibility in the Antelope Valley area was reduced to nearly nothing - all residents could see is thick, dusty haze.

The strong winds were also felt in other parts of the region. In South Los Angeles, two large trees fell on top of several parked cars in the area of Denker Avenue and 59th Place. No injuries were reported in the incident and no homes appeared to be damaged.

High wind warnings were set to be in effect across parts of Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys through most of Monday. The desert and mountain communities may see gusts reaching 55 to 60 mph.

Deserts will keep seeing billowing dust, with gusts up to 60 mph and a high temperature of just 64.

The National Weather Service is alerting residents of possible power outages and difficulty traveling due to low visibility out on the roads.

In northern and central California, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power to about 25,000 customers in certain regions early Monday as high winds threatened to damage its equipment and potentially ignite wildfires.

The planned outages are necessary because high winds, combined with low humidity and drought-ravaged vegetation, could raise the risk of trees falling on power lines and spark a fast-spreading wildfire, PG&E said in a statement.

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