The Climate of, and Weather in, the Languedoc: Wind
by mountains and the Mediterranean
, the Languedoc is a windy place. It is by far the windiest region
of France. "C'est le pays du vent", the locals will tell you, "It's the land of
wind". This is why lines of wind turbines are springing up along the coast
and inland hilltops. Within the Languedoc, the windiest area is along the coast
between Narbonne and the Spanish border. This makes for good sailing and
In France many local winds are
accorded names, as they were throughout Europe in ancient times. These winds
arise through the combination of topological and meteorological (often seasonal)
factors. For example the most famous wind, the Mistral
is caused by cold northern air being channelled down the Rhône Valley, trapped
between the Alps and the Massif central. It then crosses the Mediterranean littoral,
delivering Siberian weather conditions to Provence and allegedly driving people
mad when it particularly violent and long lived. The Languedoc lies too
far south to suffer from the Mistral, but it has a selection of winds of its own.
Le Vent Tramontane.
(Tramuntana en Catalan).
wind blows from the north-west in the bas Languedoc and the Roussillon.
Le Vent Cers.
wind blows from the West or South West in the bas Languedoc.
Le Vent Scirocco.
wind blows from the south.
wind is a wind of the south-east of France. It comes in two forms: L'autan
blanc and L'autan noir.
Le Vent Marin.
is a warm marine wind from the Mediterranean
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