Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Maestrale

The "maestrale" is a cold northwest wind. It arrives after a low pressure front and sweeps away bad weather and humidity, leaving clear blue skies. A Molfettan proverb says that the "maestrale" lasts one day, 3 days or a week. I'm hoping for a one-day wind this time!

It's unusual to see waves in the Adriatic Sea. They only happen when there's a strong wind blowing. The picture above is deceptive in perspective because on the other side of the road from the windswept Maritime Pines there is a sheer cliff that drops down to the sea. The waves you see here are actually far from the shore.

8 comments:

Wayne said...

Is it sometimes spelled Mistral in English? I suppose it's myth but I thought I had heard that the Maestrale can drive people insane because they can go on for a long time.

MigsCFLer said...

Fantastic photos, Italy is definately a country I must visit

Cheers

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Silwy said...

Your photo remind me that here,in Croatia, on the other side of Adriatic sea we have winds known as "bura" and "jugo" ...They blow in opposite directions...and they have different functions. One of them carries sunny weather, and the other claudy/rainy weather....If they blow for a long time, it could be really awful even in summer...

Sherry said...

Interesting about the perspective..

Saretta said...

Wayne, I believe the French call the same wind the Mistral, and I have heard rumors that it was responsible for driving Van Gogh crazy! I know it gets on my nerves!

Migscfler, Italy is definitely worth a visit!

Silwy, I agree, wind is never my favorite weather!

Sherry, yeah, I was amazed when I looked at the photo. I thought people would think it was taken on a beach, rather than over a cliff.

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George Townboy said...

Awesome shots! I'm not crazy about windy weather either.