October 23, 2007
CUT 1 – JPL CLIMATOLOGIST BILL PATZERT EXPLAINS WHERE THE WILD SANTA ANA WINDS ORIGINATED THAT HAVE BEEN PLAGUING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND FUELING THE FIRES.
Running time: :30
OUT: "IT SPEEDED UP"
Transcript of CUT 1:
"Beginning this past Sunday, a great high pressure system, quite intense and quite deep, formed to the north of us and settled into the Great Basin, what is really known as Nevada. And the great clockwise circulation sent very intense winds spinning off the high desert through the great mountain passes of Southern California. As those winds dropped into the basin, the air compressed, it dried out, it heated up and it speeded up."
CUT 2 – BILL PATZERT SAYS THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF SANTA ANA SEASON . Running time: :18 OUT: "SUPER-DUPER FUELED UP"
Transcript of CUT 2: Santa Anas are a winter phenomenon, and they often peak in December or January, and so we're just at the beginning here, and unfortunately, we've seen an exceptionally dry 18 months in Southern California, so we're super-duper fueled up."
CUT 3 –BILL PATZERT SAYS THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT IS LINKED TO A CLIMATE PATTERN CALLED LA NINA, IN WHICH A COOL POOL OF WATER LINGERS NEAR THE EQUATOR.
Running time: :12
OUT: "SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA"
Transcript of CUT 3: "La Nina I often call 'The Demon Diva of Drought.'" Eight out of 10 years when the La Nina is present in the Pacific are dry winters in Southern California."