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Poll #550670 friday queez - a mighty wind

This wind occurs off south east Brazil, usually between May and September.

Where could you experience a diablo wind?

This Ausstralian wind, which occurs at the same time almost every day, is believed to be the most consistent wind in the whole world.

This wind is also the name of a traditional thick wool coat, worn by both men and women in the mountainous areas of Romania.

Normally a popular tourist destination, this region regularly experiences strong winds and flooding caused by the kona. Where in the world does the kona occur?

This is a cold offshore wind occurring in southern France, though it can extend as far as northern Spain and Italy.

The delicious nashi pear is grown in many parts of eastern Asia, and also in Australia and New Zealand. In which country could you expect to encounter the nashi wind?

This wind, which blows from the deserts of California, is mentioned in Randy Newman's hit song 'I Love L.A.'. Surfers are possibly the only people who look forward to it.

The tehuantepecer is a strong, sometimes violent, wind which occurs in Mexico. What is the meaning of this wind's name?

Author and playwright Gore Vidal gave the title of his first ever novel to this strong wind, named for the Inuit word for whirlwind.



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Aug. 12th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
quite the fucker eh?
The abroholos is a violent squall occurring normally between Cape Sao Tome and Cape Frio in Brazil. It has no connection with the Abrolhos Islands, an island group off Australia, named by the Dutch navigator Fredrick Hautman in 1619.

The diablo winds are named after Mount Diablo which is near San Francisco. These winds generally occur in the Bay Area and result from a combination of high pressure over Nevada and lower pressure over the Californian coast. Mount Diablo is sacred to the Miwok Indian nation, being the site of creation according to their tradition. The mountain's name was given by early Spanish explorers because of the thick vegetation which they named 'Thicket of the Devil'.

The Fremantle doctor occurs almost every day between noon and 3 p.m in the coastal region near Perth, Western Australia. It is a cooling sea breeze which brings considerable relief to the inhabitants of the area, especially in summer when temperatures can rise to well over forty degrees centigrade. Sea breezes are the result of air movements due to very different heating and cooling rates between sea and land masses.

The guba is a strong north-west wind, often of short duration, which occurs between November and March in the south coastal area of Papua, New Guinea. It is normally a nocturnal wind, and can reach speeds of fifty knots (over 57 mph) or more.

The kona winds are named after the town of Kona on the island of Hawaii. They blow from the south or south west, and can reach speeds of sixty knots (nearly 70 mph) bringing severe flooding in their wake. Kona storms can affect any of the Hawaiian islands, and in December 1987 a kona storm hit the island of Oahu causing damage estimated at $35 million.
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
should aput a toughness rating on this one
The mistral is a katabatic, ie downhill, wind which arises in the mountains of France and flows down to the Mediterranean Sea. The Rhone Valley often creates a funneling effect which can increase the mistral strength to more than seventy knots (over 80 mph).

The nashi is a cold north-east wind which occurs in the winter months on the gulf coastal region of Iran. It originates over the highlands and mountains of Iran, and is not normally severe.

The Santa Ana is a warm dry wind which blows offshore along the coast of California, roughly between Los Angeles and San Diego. It originates in the desert areas during periods of high pressure which force air towards the coastal region. This air compresses as it moves down towards the ocean, and it is this compression which causes it to dry out and increase in temperature. The warm dry air, whilst enjoyable for surfers, can be catastrophic for farmers as it may cause damage to fruit crops and even wildfires. The line in Randy Newman's song goes "Santa Ana winds blowin' hot from the North".

The tehuantepecer is a strong, squally wind which occurs off southern Mexico during the winter months. It is created by high pressure over the Great Plains of the U.S.A. which forces air outwards. The tehuantepecer can reach speeds of over fifty knots (nearly 58 mph), and can travel over a hundred miles offshore, creating heavy seas and large swells. It is named after the Mexican town of Tehuantepec, which means Jaguar Hill.

Williwaws occur all over the world, but are prevalent in mountainous areas close to the sea. The best known williwaws occur in the Aleutian Islands and in the Straits of Magellan. They are created by very cold mountain air moving downwards, and can give rise to violent gusts which pose a serious hazard to mariners. Gusts of fifty to seventy knots are common, and the U.S. Coast Guard once recorded gusts of over 120 knots (138 mph) off Kodiak Island in Alaska. Gore Vidal's first novel 'Williwaw', set during the Second World War in the Aleutian Islands, was published in 1946.

Aug. 12th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: should aput a toughness rating on this one
i gotta say, i'm disappointed i didn't get to use the name of the one wind i do know about, the ajaj, thanks to the scene from the english patient where they're trapped in a jeep in the desert during a sandstorm.
Aug. 12th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
proud to say, never saw that movie
Aug. 12th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: HA
don't believe a word you hear to the contrary. It is a great movie.
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
you have way too much time on your hand s for someone who is supposed to be so "busy"
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
this fuckign expense report is rotting my brain! the goddamn excel spreadsheet is liek 15 tabs deep.
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
this always helps me make it though the day - online_stalker's responses literally had me laughing out loud.
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