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of the Mediterranean
holiday is not
without a visit to the British mini state that is Gibraltar.
For this place is not just a rock; but the
gate-keeper to one of the worlds most puzzling seas; hiding secrets,
myths, stories, centuries of the worlds greatest history. The Strait of
Gibraltar has been a busy
sea lane since the ancient Phoenicians explored the world beyond this
guides say about the climate:
Gibraltar boasts a Typical Mediterranean Sub-tropical
climate. Warm weather throughout the year. Mild
winters with no snow, but summers can get hot and humid (between May to
This maybe true,
but they rarley mention that this lovely, endless chanted, deep
azure-blue sea, has its
own terror in local winds. The ancient Phoenicians merchants must have
struggling and fighting for their lives with the unpredictable and
wind of this Gate: the Levante. (Levanter in English).
It's a warm East
to Northeast wind
funneled through the Strait of Gibraltar, most frequent from July to
in March, however it can occur at any time of the year. Bringing warm
and humid conditions to Gibraltar.
Its usually not more than a moderate breeze; about 4 beaufort in the
it's liable to
blow in fifteen days-spells. In winter, although less
sometimes blows a
gale-force; 8 to 9 beaufort; with heavy hurricane gusts. The
winter- levante often follow the end of gale-force Mistral
specific Gibraltar-wind can occur when there is:
over central Europe and relatively low pressure over the southwest
pressure cell over the Balearic Islands (levante will be localized
around the Strait) or
cold front from the west toward the Strait of Gibraltar.
makes the Levanter so special for Gibraltar?
its occasionally reinforced by the presence of an active depression to
South, by which it suddenly may intensify bringing heavy thundery rain;
the effects of
the wind are especially marked at Gibraltar.
most striking is the Levanter cloud.
winds lighter than force 5, a banner cloud, hanging around the top
of the Gibraltar rock and the city area. Its stretches out
from the summit for a mile or more to the west. The warm,
humid air has to rise against the rock; and cools down and
When the wind exceeds to 6 beaufort, its strong enough to blow over the
maintain its warmth, the air vapour will not condense and the cloud
this force violent sea-currents and cross eddies are formed at the west
the "rock", very troublesome and
dangerous for sailors. The wind itself blowing strongly from time to
opposite directions; whirling around, making sailors live more
The barometer and the thermometer are useful instruments to forecast a
A coming Levanter
is indicated by light barometer failing and a marked rise of
thermometer. When blowing the barometer rises again. When this increase
is strong, its a sign the
Levanter will disappear next day, even if it's blowing with
Sussex. A long lost treasure.
the Gibraltar rock rests on her seabed the richest shipwreck in history.
Its His Majesty's Ship Sussex, containing millions of pounds in cold
lost about 300 years ago.
As usual the British Admiralty investigated this accident. The records
" They were caught is a levanter" trying to describe the
winds that threatened to hurl the ship against the rocky Spanish shore.
"They attempted to tack into the wind, and run back around Gibraltar.
Within seconds, tens of thousands of gallons of water rushed into the
open gun ports". The end came swiftly, while the admiral slept. He was
found clad only in his nightshirt.