Lighthouses are fascinating places, not just because of their function, but also because of their solitude. Living in a lighthouse may seem as an interesting feat, but it is not always quiet, relaxing and simple. Here is a story about a child who got ill on a lighthouse, and who could not be helped by the public services because of a terrible storm.
According to long-term seasonal weather forecasts, this summer in the Adriatic will be exceptionally warm and sunny. This means that the weather will be substantially different from the last year’s weather, characterized by constant rains and bad temperatures. This news will satisfy all visitors who are planning to charter a yacht and sail the Croatian Adriatic!
Windria is a new sailing application that helps you plan your sailing route according to optimal winds. It is the world’s most accurate wind map. It informs its users about winds, temperature, waves, currents, pressure, etc. Windria provides information for the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Sea with the precision of 1 km and for the rest of the world with the precision of 5 km.
Every culture, region, or community have their own legends, beliefs and experience which help them establish when one season of the year ends, and another begins. The same goes for people whose livelihoods depend on nature. Better than anyone else, they have learned to predict the weather and recognize the shift of the seasons. This post talks about such people in the coastal region of Croatia.
Estonian developers called Shaka company presented their revolutionary devices known as Shaka Wind Meter and Shaka Weather Station. The device looks like a small key chain in the shape of propeller. The software that does the measuring is available online as a free application.
Although the summer weather this year was far from the usual, the end of summer should still be celebrated. At the Adriatic it is done by organizing a grand regatta – Regatta Mrduja that will be held for the 83rd time between Split and the islet Mrduja. Local sailors consider it a family tradition.
GRIB, GRIdded Binary or General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form is a weather forecasting model, especially useful if you are planning a long route. It is a simple and user friendly display of current state and forecast for a certain sailing area. There is a wide range of navigation programs using the available GRIB formats.
A skipper has to have a basic knowledge of meteorology, especially when it comes to long distance sailing. The Aladin model, published every day at 6 a.m. by Croatian national Meteorological and Hydrological Service, was launched in 1990 by Meteo-France in order to get a reliable forecast for smaller areas. Aladin is really helpful and many skippers rely on it.
Horse latitudes refer to the area between 30° and 35° both north and south of the equator. Also known as subtropical highs, this area has variable and mostly calm winds. The origin of the horses in the name comes either from English or from Spanish.