Originally Posted by Dockhead
If you don't want to be whacked in the night by katabatic storms, don't anchor out under mountains. This phenomenon is not limited to the Aegean.
Not arguing about katabatic winds. The Meltemi can cause local katabatic winds, but isn't a katabatic wind itself.
Wind of the World: Meltemi - Weather UK - weatheronline.co.uk
Meltemi is the Greek and Turkish name for the well known etesian wind blowing from north to northwest across the Aegean Sea. The meltemi flows from a high pressure ridge over the Balkans towards a heat trough over the Anatolian Plateau.
However, the numerous Aegean Islands and mountain gaps are channeling the wind causing gusty, vigorous jet-effects and lee eddies as well as local katabatic winds.
Although the etesian winds are part of the large scale Asian monsoon system, the meltemi might also be caused or enhanced by regional-scale weather
patterns, i.e. a local heat trough over Turkey and relatively cold Aegean waters and resulting high pressure.