From the Ill Wind episode of Northern Exposure, February 1993.
KBHR Disc jockey Chris-in-the-Morning reading from Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem and Raymond Chandler's 1938 short story Red Wind:
"In Los Angeles some teachers do not attempt to conduct classes during a Santa Ana because the children become unmanageable. In Switzerland the suicide rate goes up during the foehn, and in the courts of some Swiss cantons the wind is considered a mitigating circumstance for crime. Surgeons are said to watch the wind because blood does not clot normally during a foehn."
"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."
They say it's an ill wind that bloweth no man to good. I think our own Dr. Joel Fleischman will attest to that. For those of you who missed it, Maggie scored a one round decision over Dr. Fleischman last night. Right jab to the old honker. Pow! T.K.O.! What better sign that the coho winds are once again upon us? My advice this year: don't fight them, embrace them. Know your enemy.