Dave and Gerry's Alonissos Island Information Site
 

Wind Speed

Wind speeds are defined by the new Beaufort Scale which has a scale of 13 categories ranging from force 0 up to force 12.  Previously there were two scales in existence showing land speeds in miles per hour and sea speeds in knots.  There are no longer any names below a gale force wind.
 
Force Wind Speed
(MPH)
Wind Speed
(KPH)
Wind Speed
(Knots)
Name
0 < 1 < 1.6 < 0.9  
1 1 - 3 1.6 - 4.8 0.9 - 2.6  
2 4 - 7 6.4 - 11.3 3.5 - 6.1  
3 8 - 12 12.9 - 19.3 7.0 - 10.4  
4 13 - 18 20.9 - 29.0 11.3 - 15.6  
5 19 - 24 30.6 - 38.6 16.5 - 20.9  
6 25 - 31 40.2 - 50.0 21.7 - 26.9  
7 32 - 38 51.5 - 61.1 27.8 - 33.0  
8 39 - 46 62.8 - 74.0 33.9 - 40.0 Gale
9 47 - 54 75.6 - 86.9 40.8 - 46.9 Severe Gale
10 55 - 63 88.5 - 101.4 47.8 - 54.8 Storm
11 64 - 72 103.0 - 115.9 55.6 - 62.6 Violent Storm
12 > 72 > 115.9 > 62.6 Hurricane
 
In the book "Wicked Greek" there are some definitions of the types of winds that you can experience in Greece.  These winds are blasts that come from the north to the island of Mykonos but are also experienced on other islands in Greece like Alonissos.  The various winds are defined below.  See which of these you have experienced on a Greek island in August.
 
Greek Name Translation Sign
Kareklatos Chair wind Chairs blow off taverna patios
Kambanatos Bell wind Church bells ring by themselves
Magoulatos Cheeks wind Faces begin to flap
Skylogyrismenatos Dog-rolling wind Pets tumble through the streets
Tellysavalatos Baldness wind Hair is ripped out by the roots
Pnigmenokolimbatos Learn-to-swim wind Small children are launched into the sea
 
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