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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.



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.


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