AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For her part, Carolyn Louaillier said she’s noticed “people are stupider than usual – asking the same question five minutes later. Everyone seems out of sorts or on edge.” Writers have long described the nerve-wracking aspects of the Santa Anas. “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. … The baby frets. The maid sulks,” wrote Joan Didion. Raymond Chandler wrote that the hot gusts were enough to put murder in the minds of normally “meek little wives.” Folklore holds that law enforcement and emergency room personnel are busier on nights when the moon is full. Feeling cranky? Is the boss getting on your last nerve? Do the other drivers on the 101 seem to be even ruder than usual? Are you picking fights with your spouse, your best friend, the family hamster? Blame it on the the full moon. Or the hot, dry, gusty Santa Ana winds. Or both – as Southland residents experienced Wednesday. Fred and Carolyn Louaillier, both 45, of Tarzana said they were very familiar with the crazy-making aspects of each phenomenon, and definitely felt the effects of both. “I have noticed that people act weirder when there’s a full moon, and the Santa Anas make me cranky as hell,” said Fred Louaillier. “I’m an asthmatic and I’ve got all kinds of allergies. It’s hot, unpleasant and I react badly.” But local experts said there’s no proof that either theory is true. Both Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service, said the humidity drops dramatically when the Santa Anas roll through, bringing desert pollens that wreak havoc on people’s allergies. But the biggest danger is wildfires, not grumpy co-workers. “It’s a dessicating wind,” Seto said, noting that Santa Anas are generally defined as gusts of 25 mph or more. “It’s so dry, the humidity goes into the single digits and takes the moisture out of plants. That’s why it’s such a big fire danger.” And Dr. Stephen Jones, medical director of emergency services for Northridge Hospital Medical Center, said studies have failed to find any correlation between a full moon and increased traffic at the ER. “I think it’s probably wishful thinking,” Jones said. “It would explain some things – there might be an increased number of asthma (cases) or shortness of breath from allergies in the ER.” But for those who insist that they feel out of sorts, hypnotherapist Sara Whittaker, 45, of Chatsworth, had perhaps the best coping mechanism. “I crave chocolate,” she said, with a perfectly straight face before breaking into peals of laughter. “If you need an excuse to go do what you want to do, the Santa Anas are a perfect one.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!