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Vientos de Satán

“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”

— Raymond Chandler, Red Wind, 1938

Sometimes autumn is subtler here.  And then Southern California decides to blow off some steam… with a Beaufort Force 9/10.

Force 10 (AKA storm, AKA whole gale):

“Trees are broken off or uprooted, saplings bent and deformed. Poorly attached asphalt shingles and shingles in poor condition peel off roofs.”

Surveying the damage

There's a car under there...

Ripped out of the ground

Fall foliage in So Cal.

Not the worst of it. Hill was blocked, as was Woodbury in two places, and Michigan. Worst of all, it took out my internet!