SACRAMENTO - Unless you've been living underground in Sacramento or the surrounding areas since Sunday night, you've likely noticed some severely strong winds in the area. If you've ever wondered where wind comes from or what makes it windier on some days than others, meteorologist Ashton Altieri's following explanation should help to clear things up a bit:
"Wind is caused by air flowing from high pressure to low pressure because the laws of physics (specifically the Second Law of Thermodynamics) say states of higher energy always move toward states of lower energy.
Since last weekend, Northern California has been between a large area of low pressure to our east and a large area of high pressure to the west. The closer the high and low pressure areas are together, the stronger the "pressure gradient" will be and the stronger the winds.