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  • Part of the reason so few boats berth in its waters is the meltemi, a constant summer wind so strong it bends pine trees over permanently into bonsai-like sculptures.

    The Alluring Remoteness of Karpathos

  • During the third week of August, when most of Greece was in the grip of a heat wave, the meltemi died down and temperatures on Karpathos promptly shot above 40 degrees centigrade during the day.

    The Alluring Remoteness of Karpathos


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  • See also comments at Meltemi.

    January 2, 2017

  • Turkish name for the same wind the Greeks call Etesian in Turkish it means ''Bad tempered one''.

    The regular winds blowing over the eastern Mediterranean all summer. The Meltemi is strongest and steadiest in July and August.

    March 6, 2007