As if navigation and maps couldn't get cooler. Than you find out that some winds have names! Here are some of them! Read. Be amazed. Pretend you know the name of the next wind that blows your hair.
- Abroholos - A squall frequent from May through August between Cabo de Sao Tome and Cabo Frio on the coast of Brazil.
- Borasco - A thunderstorm or violent squall, especially in the Mediterranean.
- Boreas / Borras - A ancient Greek name for north winds. The term may originally have meant "wind from the mountains" and thus the present term BORA.
- Diablo - Northern California version of Santa Ana winds. These winds occur below canyons in the East Bay hills (Diablo range) and in extreme cases can exceed 60 mph. They develop due to high pressure over Nevada and lower pressure along the central California coast.
- Euros - The Greek name for the rainy, stormy southeast wind.
- Foehn - A warm dry wind on the lee side of a mountain range, whose temperature is increased as the wind descends down the slope. It is created when air flows downhill from a high elevation, raising the temperature by adiabatic compression. Examples include the Chinook wind and the Santa Ana wind. Classified as a katabatic wind.
- Papagayo - A violet northeasterly fall wind on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and Guatemala. It consists of the cold air mass of a norte which has overridden the mountains of Central America.
- Willy-willy A tropical cyclone (with winds 33 knots or greater) in Australia, especially in the southwest. More recent common usage is for dust-devils.
- Zephyros The ancient Greek name for the west wind, which generally light and beneficial. It has evolved into "zephyr" which denotes a soft gentle breeze.