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An “abnormal” weather pattern blowing around Southern California is sprinkling the coast with rain and lightning, and it’s looking a lot like a monsoon, according to weather experts.
Following Southern California’s usual mid-July to September monsoon season, the area generally transitions into Santa Ana winds season. But this year, the monsoon season looks to the naked eye like it is extending, though experts say it’s a mirage.
“It’s not an extension of our monsoon season. The end result is the same but the reason for it is different. So it’s not a classic monsoon by any stretch,” said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
In monsoon season, a high-pressure weather pattern hanging over the Four Corner states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico causes winds to rotate clockwise around and hit Southern California with muggy air or rain.
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