The Meltemi is one of the legendary Mediterranean winds. Fiercely strong and dangerous, it funnels southward through the Aegean. The ancients called it the Etesian, and it creates adverse currents and wind velocities, which can range from four to seven on the Beaufort scale. In the region between the Dodecanese and Cycladic islands, the Meltemi can reach thirty knots and create wave heights of up to ten feet.
"Meltemi" can have various other definitions as well. It can be used to describe the unpredictable moods of a bad-tempered person, for instance, or even be used as the name for a swift vessel whose owner thinks it as strong or fast as the wind.
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