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Sirocco, scirocco, jugo or, rarely, siroc is a strong southerly to southeasterly wind in the Mediterranean that originates from the Sahara and similar North African regions. Wind is the quasi-horizontal movement of air (as opposed to an air current) caused by a horizontal pressure gradient force. ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... North Africa is a region generally considered to include: Algeria Egypt Libya Mauritania Morocco Sudan Tunisia Western Sahara The Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Azores and Madeira are sometimes considered to be a part of North Africa, though they do not share a common culture with North Africa. ...


It arises from a warm, dry, tropical airmass that is pulled northward by low-pressure cells moving eastward across the Mediterranean Sea. The hotter, dry, continental air mixes with the cooler, wet air of the maritime cyclone, and the counter-clockwise circulation of the low propels the mixed air across the southern coasts of Europe. Satellite image Map of the Mediterranean Sea The Mediterranean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean almost completely enclosed by land, on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by Asia. ... In meteorology, a cyclone is the rotation of a volume of air about an area of low atmospheric pressure. ... World map showing location of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ...


The Sirocco causes dusty, dry conditions along the northern coast of Africa, storms in the Mediterranean Sea, and cold, wet weather in Europe. The Sirocco's duration may be a half day or many days. Many people attribute health problems to the Sirocco either because of the heat and dust along the African coastal regions or the cool dampness in Europe. The dust within the Sirocco winds can degrade mechanical devices and invade domiciles.


These winds with speeds of almost 100 kilometers per hour are most common during the autumn and the spring. They reach a peak in March and in November, with a maximum speed of about 100 km/h (55 knots, hurricane-force). A knot is a non SI unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ...


The corroding wind of a hot Sirocco has known depressing effects. People have reported various symptoms such as an unwonted dullness, an aching melancholy feeling, enervation, being easily annoyed, having irritating dreams etc. The wind incites depression both when it blows with force and when it is a mere exhalation rather than a strong wind. It can easily affect anyone visiting the areas where the wind blows, unaware of the cause of their mental misery. In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something trivial. ...


Scirocco and Sirocco are Italian names, while jugo is its name in Croatia and ghibli in Libya. The sirocco reaching the south of France contains more moisture and is known as the marin. This is a strong wind in the Gulf of Lions blowing from a south-easterly direction, and is next in frequency and importance to the mistral in this region. ...


Other prominent wind systems in the region are the bora/bura (northwestern) and the lebeccio/lebić (southwestern). Bora or Bura is a northern to north-eastern katabatic wind in the Adriatic, Greece and Turkey. ... The libeccio is the westerly or south-westerly wind which predominates in northern Corsica all the year round; it frequently raises high seas and may give violent westerly squalls. ...


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Sirocco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
Sirocco, scirocco, jugo or, rarely, siroc is a strong southerly to southeasterly wind in the Mediterranean that originates from the Sahara and similar North African regions.
The hotter, drier continental air mixes with the cooler, wetter air of the maritime cyclone, and the counter-clockwise circulation of the low propels the mixed air across the southern coasts of Europe.
The Sirocco causes dusty, dry conditions along the northern coast of Africa, storms in the Mediterranean Sea, and cold, wet weather in Europe.
Sirocco at AllExperts (403 words)
Sirocco is also the name of an Australian band, and Scirocco is an automobile.
Sirocco, scirocco or jugo is a strong southerly to southeasterly wind in the Mediterranean that originates from the Sahara and similar North African regions.
The hot, dry, continental air mixes with the cooler, wet air of the maritime cyclone, and the counter-clockwise circulation of the low propels the mixed air across the southern coasts of Europe.
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