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The winds of the Mediterranean

The Gregale (Catalan: Gregal, Italian: Grecale, Maltese: Grigal, Greek: Γραίγος) is a Mediterranean wind that can occur during times when a low-pressure area moves through the area to the south of Malta and causes a strong, cool, northeasterly wind to affect the island. It also affects other islands of the Western Mediterranean.

The name derives from the Italian grecale, which refers to the island of Zakynthos, in Greece.

This is likely to be the Euroclydon storm, from Greek Euros (east) and kludo (billow, surge) or Latin Aquilo (north) "northeaster" or the island Clauda (Acts 27:16), which wrecked[1] the apostle Paul's ship on the coast of Malta on his way to Rome (Acts 27:14).

See also


  1. ^ The Apostle Paul's Shipwreck: An Historical Examination of Acts 27 and 28

External links

  • Local Mediterranean winds
  • Name of Winds
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