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Santa Ana Winds

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The Santa Ana winds can exacerbate forest fires in southern California. All of the following are true of these winds EXCEPT

A

the winds are warmed and dried as they blow over the Mojave Desert.

B

they gain speed as they move from lower to higher elevation.

C

the Sierra Nevada mountains block and redirect the winds north and south.

D

winds gust as they blow through narrow passes.

E

they originate in the high pressure systems over the Great Basin.