WINDS IN CROATIA
Winds In the Adriatic 8 winds prevail: Tramontana (N) Bora (NE), Levant (E), Scirocco (SE), Sharp (S), Lebić (SW), Pulenat (W), Mistral (NW) from which the most important are Bura and Scirocco.
Bora (NE): is a very strong northerly wind that blows from cold mainland. The main feature is that the wind is blowing in bursts (refuli) with alternating weaker or stronger bora with breaks during which the wind is weak. Bora appears suddenly, descends steeply to the sea surface and creates a very rough sea. During winter bora lasts for several days, and achieves great strength. Because of its characteristics bora is a very dangerous wind and not recommendable for sailing.
South wind or Scirocco (SE): is the wind that blows from the southeast. The main features are that carries warm and rainy weather, and creates high waves. South wind begins to blow gradually, the signs of south wind are haze and cloudy horizon to the southeast. Although it usually blows in the colder months, it can blow in summer also.
Mistral (NW): is the wind typical for the summer period. Usually starts blowing around 9 -11 hours, and stops in the late afternoon. It is very pleasing because it disperses the heat of summer and is suitable for sailing.
Tramontana (N) is a dry, chilly, fleeting wind like bora. Unlike bora is blowing less frequent and without bursts. More often blows in the south than in the north part of Adriatic.
Levanat (E): a transitory wind that occurs when the bora passes sirocco and vice versa. Usually blows from the east.
Sharp (S): usually occurs in the open Adriatic, when approaching the cyclone from the northwest or west.
Lebić (SW): is a strong stormy wind, develops and carries strong waves and precipitation. Stronger in the colder time of year when it can be dangerous, suddenness and intensity may endanger unprotected vessels.
Ponent (W): the wind that seldom blows. It is dangerous wind strength up to 12 Bf, comes suddenly and lasts briefly bringing abundant rain.