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post #195 of Old 12-20-2009
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Originally Posted by NICHOLSON58 View Post
What you experienced was the infamous Mistral winds. They can race out of the mountains at almost any inconvenient & unpredictable time. They have kicked sailors hind ends for as long as there has been sailing on the Med. (Greek myths & angry sea gods etc.) Certain times of the year are well known to be worse.
No, I know the Mistral. On one or two occasion I had sailed with it (force 7 to 9).

No this was a very localized phenomena and a much stronger one. In the radar appeared as a large round black space. Probably a micro burst or more probably a tornado. That would explain the waves coming from all directions. There´s now a lot of tornados in summer storms, on the Med.

If it was the Mistral, it would have blown also in Palma (18 miles away). Besides the Mistral doesn't blow very hard on Mallorca. It blows harder on the North of Minorca and all the way to Corsica.



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