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Desert Winds and Electrical Energy The energy of the wind can be channeled into other forms of energy besides the energy used as an erosional agent This is especially true of desert winds Today some desert wind is used to make electricity Wind velocity is affected by air temperature When air warms and cools it changes density which creates air pressure differences that cause wind In the desert temperatures may range from 40 F at night to more than 120 F in the daytime Because of this temperature fluctuation wind is generally stronger in desert areas There are many windy areas in California It is usually windier during the summer months when wind rushes in from cooler areas like the ocean to replace hot rising air in Californias deserts In Southern California the hot air from the desert goes up and out over the Coast Range reaching seaward When it cools off it descends and flows back toward the land and re-enters the desert through such loop holes in the Coast Range as the San Gorgonio Pass the old Puerta de San Carlos above Indio The rush of wind through this particular pass is quite violent at times For wind is very much like water and seeks the least obstructed path Throughout the San Gorgonio Pass there are wind-eroded ledges attesting to the violent winds that pass through it The San Gorgonio Pass has Mt San Gorgonio on the north and Mt San Jacinto on the south Both mountains are approximately two miles high Mount San Gorgonio rises 11499 feet Mount San Jacinto is 10 804 feet high San Gorgonio has been described as the tallest hill in the United States even thought it is a mountain This is because its peak resembles the rounded knoll of a hill San Jacinto has the fifth highest rock wall on the North American continent With its feet in
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