It was aupposed to be a regular winter-type storm that was coming from eastern Med
- westerlies,then southerlies all lasting for 3-5 days. But then another low formed over northern Agean out of a trough. It passed while being squished out by a ridge in the middle of Turkey
. This, together with wonderfully mountaneous topology produced very strong and gusty winds.
It's not the first hurricane
force storm here this winter
- there was at least one earlier.
In general, this year's weather is not turning out particularly good here. It's still winter weather here and some mountains in the south not far from the coast are still covered with snow. I'm thinking that meltem might start much later this year, the water
might be colder, and the time of spring westerlies might last longer.
Locals are saying that it's been the nastiest, rainiest, and coldest winter here on their memories. The Turkish Met office confirms the same. Fields and wineyards were flooded the whole of winter, it was hailing on the south coast, and some nights temps dropped down to below 0. On the other hand, maybe the coast will stay nicely green for longer this summer (instead of the usual burnt out brown-yellow shrubbery).
Must be similarly weird weather for the western Med