The alt.usage.english FAQ
This California term for "a strong, hot, dust-bearing wind
blowing towards the southern Pacific coast from the desert" comes
from Mexican Spanish for (according to MWCD10) the Santa Ana mountain range or
(according to AHD3) the Santa Ana Canyon, not from the California
city of Santa Ana.
Source: [Mark Israel, 'Word Origins: "Santa Ana"', The alt.usage.english FAQ file,(line 4066), (29 Sept 1997)]
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