Monday Photos: California, The Beautiful


Santa Ana winds originate in North America’s Great Basin. As high atmospheric pressures stacks up, things start shaking and moving up there in the old gut. A cool wind blows and it’s got the Pacific Ocean on mind. The wind heats up as it trucks it down the Sierra Nevadas, becoming a fire-spreading nuisance by the time it finally reaches the coast. But when the winds just so happen to coincide with any good swell along the Southern California coast, the waves ignite. Last week, the Santa Anas were the perfect groom to a rowdy Pacific. The wind blew all day long and there would be no pesky 10 am curfew for tubes. It surely was a union to remember. Here are 13 photos of the celebration, compliments of the Great Mojave Desert.