According to long-term seasonal weather forecasts, this summer in the Adriatic will be exceptionally warm and sunny. This means that the weather will be substantially different from the last year’s weather, characterized by constant rains and bad temperatures. This news will satisfy all visitors who are planning to charter a yacht and sail the Croatian Adriatic!
Every culture, region, or community have their own legends, beliefs and experience which help them establish when one season of the year ends, and another begins. The same goes for people whose livelihoods depend on nature. Better than anyone else, they have learned to predict the weather and recognize the shift of the seasons. This post talks about such people in the coastal region of Croatia.
Estonian developers called Shaka company presented their revolutionary devices known as Shaka Wind Meter and Shaka Weather Station. The device looks like a small key chain in the shape of propeller. The software that does the measuring is available online as a free application.
Although the summer weather this year was far from the usual, the end of summer should still be celebrated. At the Adriatic it is done by organizing a grand regatta – Regatta Mrduja that will be held for the 83rd time between Split and the islet Mrduja. Local sailors consider it a family tradition.
The monsoon climate, in South and Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean and some regions in North Australia and Eastern Africa, is characteristic for monsoon winds. Monsoons seasonally change their direction and characteristics, blowing from the sea in the summer and from the continent in the winter.
Jugo is a warm and humid wind in the Croatian Adriatic that blows from the SE. It brings bad weather and clouds and lasts from three to five days. Jugo is also characteristic for the mood it brings and the way it affects Dalmatians. This mood includes slight headache, disorientation, dizziness and bad temper.
Meltemi, summer northerly winds, are characteristic for Greek islands. They generally blow from June and July till the end of of September and the beginning of October. Sometimes the meltemi can reach up to 7 or 8 on a Beaufort scale. Be sure to check the weather forecast.
Maestral, also called zmorac, is a summer breeze blowing in the Croatian Adriatic. It is a moderate wind that reaches its peak between 2 and 3 PM and dies with the sun. It is perfect for lazy sailing and relaxing. Maestral is a sign of a stable atmosphere and brings just the right waves for sailing.
A skipper has to have a basic knowledge of meteorology, especially when it comes to long distance sailing. The Aladin model, published every day at 6 a.m. by Croatian national Meteorological and Hydrological Service, was launched in 1990 by Meteo-France in order to get a reliable forecast for smaller areas. Aladin is really helpful and many skippers rely on it.
Horse latitudes refer to the area between 30° and 35° both north and south of the equator. Also known as subtropical highs, this area has variable and mostly calm winds. The origin of the horses in the name comes either from English or from Spanish.