Last night was just as blustery in Los Angeles as it seemed, with crazy gusts whipping fast across the entire basin and wind advisories in effect all over. The National Weather Service's tallies for the evening's gusts show double digit wind speeds from the mountains to the beaches. Out in the Antelope Valley, both Quartz Hill and Lake Palmdale saw gusts up to 29 mph. Torrance was the same (29 mph), but Hermosa Beach was whipping around at up to 33 mph, and the Port of LA was getting blasts of 34 mph.
San Rafael Hills and Porter Ranch also reported gusts of 34 mph. (Let's hope that those winds help clear some of that methane that's been floating over Porter Ranch since late October due to a massive leak at a natural gas storage facility.) In Woodland Hills, bursts of wind got up to 42 mph, but the biggest, gustiest winds hit the mountains. Whitaker Peak, off the 5 Freeway north of Castaic, saw punishing gusts of 70 mph. It's been feeling extra chilly in the past few days, and the wind contributes to that, making already low temperatures feel even colder.
· Wind Reports [NWS]
· Why it's so cold in Southern California [CNS]