Winds and trips

Local winds

A number of local winds also blow in Greece. They are of particular interest for the travelers. One of the most famous winds that blow in many areas, are the lives. They are named like this, because they resemble with the “λιβα” of the ancient Greeks. They are downside winds, warm and dry, blowing from different directions. More interesting for the travelers are the winds that are caused in the coast due to the terrain of an area and mainly due to the transition of land and sea.They are violent local winds and are considered very dangerous. Particularly in the creek of the Saronic Gulf and the western coast of Evia, Andros, Tinos and elsewhere. In the sea at the areas near the islands, or closely at sea ,erupt the “white storms” as they are called, caused by severe downside winds blowing from the mountains of the islands.

Winds and the sea

As a rule, the wind power is greater over water since there are no barriers, such as the land to frustrate its power. This means that the winds are stronger in the islands coastal areas. Overall however the force of the wind decreases, going from the coast to the interior. The largest strong winds appears in the seas particularly on their south side. The Southern Aegean islands receive the greatest strength of the winds. Santorini feels it more as it is located south of the Cyclades. This happens all year long. Something similar happens in the Southern Ionian focusing in Zakynthos and somewhat in Kefalonia. The west coast of Peloponnese receive stronger winds from the east.

Winds and the seasons

The winds do not blow with the same intensity all the seasons of the year. In the Aegean Islands the intensity is bigger during winter. In spring it is reduced , it grows again in the summer and falls in autumn. In Western Greece and Ionian Islands the greatest intensity occurs in the winter or spring and the lowest during summer.

Gales and Storms

The gales are quite a common phenomenon in Greece. They are more frequent in winter. The strong southern gales which create many difficulties in shipping, occur from December to April. The northern gales occur more often from the south and they erupt mainly during spring and summer. The storms are particularly interesting too. On average, in Greece there are more storms in the mainland from the coast, and from north to south. Storms are fewer in the eastern side and Southwest Aegean. Most storms erupt from May till June, as well as in October and November.