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The Mighty Santa Ana Winds Will Be A-Blowin' This Week

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'Tis the season to quote Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler: the National Weather Service tells us that for the next two days there will be something uneasy in the Los Angeles air. The gusty, dry Santa Anas will be returning tonight.Starting at midnight, the National Weather Service is putting up a red flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura County. This gusty wind storm could bring sustained winds of 40mph and gusts up to 85mph. You should be very careful about where you put out your cigarettes over the next few days.

“If a fire were to get going, there’s very little that would hold it back,” meteorologist Carol Smith told the Times.

If this storm frays your nerves, get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge (and raise it to Chandler).