Why are the Santa Ana winds so strong?

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    The Santa Ana winds, which build from high pressure action in the Great Basin, actually start out as cold air. This cold air is then forced downslope. As the air is forced through canyons and passes, it is compressed and warmed at an incredible rate of 29F per mile. The Santa Ana winds have caused extensive damage from the wildfires that the winds fuel at an alarming rate.

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