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  • There has been no sign of the 14 since Monday when a so-called piteraq, a strong fall wind from the inland ice, swept over the area, duty officer Erik Rasmussen at police headquarters in the Greenland capital Nuuk told the German Press Agency dpa.

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  • The piteraq continued for many days and we returned to Ilulissat.

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  • The six German kayakers were apparently caught by surprise by the piteraq, Rasmussen said.

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  • "When the piteraq hit we were completely shut down.

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  • A piteraq is a cold katabatic wind which originates on the Greenlandic icecap and sweeps down the east coast. The word "piteraq" means "that which attacks you" in the local language. Piteraqs are most common in the autumn and winter. Wind speeds typically reach 50 to 80 m/s (180-288 km/h; 111-178 mph).

    January 2, 2018