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Clouds Mean Wind

October 14th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

As  fall  has settled over Croatia, our focus has changed from the state of the sea to the state of the sky, since summer doldrums have given way to the Bora and strong winds from the northeast that are heralded by massive cloud formations

Cloud Hodge Podge

Cloud Hodge Podge

Fishing Boat at Dusk

Fishing Boat at Dusk

Fall Cloud Scape

Fall Cloudscape

There are still times that the seas are fairly flat, but the sky always has billowy clouds on the horizon.  Morning and night we watch the clouds track through the sky hoping for a hint of the weather to come.

Daytime Doldrums

Daytime Doldrums

Evening Clouds Sometimes Forecast Rain

Evening Clouds Sometimes Forecast Rain

The fall clouds signal wind and changing conditions.  They are dramatic and majestic and a strong contrast to the mellow, hazy summer skies.

Big Sky Clouds

Big Sky Clouds

Clouds Reflect in Sea

Clouds Reflect in Sea

It also heralds full sails and smooth sailing. . .

Full Sails Finally

Full Sails Finally

Clouds Mean Wind

Clouds Mean Wind

Fabulous Fall Sailing!

Fabulous Fall Sailing!

. . .and one very happy Captain.

Fall sailing brings gloves and Greek fisherman's hat

Fall sailing brings gloves and Greek fisherman's hat

With the clouds and wind, the temperatures have also dropped dramatically.  Over night the temperature is in the mid-40’s and during the day 60’s although it feels colder with the wind chill.  The days are as crystal clear as the water has been all summer with crisp horizons, and snow starting to cover the mainland mountain tops.

Clouds over Snow dusted Mainland Coast

Clouds over Snow dusted Mainland Coast

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

We have oftened wondered at the climate differences between Croatia and our home in New England.  In many ways the seasons are similar, but our October days here are more like early September in New England.  Most of Croatia is actually further north than Boston, but we have yet to see a palm tree survive a Boston winter–they flourish here.  The Adriatic can be a fearsome sea, but no match for the Northern Atlantic.  The climate is relative temperate–the water temperature for example is still 70-75 degrees F. in mid-October and most boat yards don’t “winterize” engines.

All in all, October has been a wonderful month to sail in Croatia–thanks to the wind.

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