Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco
Essaouira

 
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The Winds

Essaouira - "the Wind City"
"A town under the Trade Winds"
"La Cité des Alizés"

Windsurfing in the bay of Essaoura

Essaouira Bay

  • Wind- and Kite surfing
  • Sailing
  • Climate
  • Clouds

     

    The Canary Current
    and sailing


    This wide and slow moving current is thought to have been exploited in the early Phoenician navigation and settlement along the coast of western Morocco.

    Trade winds

    The trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere and from the southeast in the Southern Hemisphere, strengthening during the winter and when the Arctic oscillation is in its warm phase.
    Historically, the trade winds have been used by captains of sailing ships to cross the world's oceans for centuries, and enabled European empire expansion into the Americas and trade routes to become established across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Windspeed

Winds are often referred to according to their strength, and the direction from which the wind is blowing. Everage yearly speed of the wind is 9 m/s in Cap Sim at the windfarn Parc Eolien Amogdoul.

 

 

 

 

Meteorology

The Canary Current

The Canary Current is an ocean current which branches south from the North Atlantic Current and flows toward the south-west about as far as Senegal where it turns west. The cool temperature is caused by the upwelling nutrient-rich water drawn up from below the surface by the current.
The North - East trade winds Charki, hit Essaouira sometimes violent , mostly in the summer and during the dayvs.
Summer is best for wind- and kitesurfing.

Wind statistics for Essaouira


Anual average | wind days in %

Link to source Club Mistral
http://www.club-mistral.com/en/destinations/weather/18/

 

 

http://www.mountwashington.org/education/center/arcade/wind/beaufort.html

     
Comparison with Beaufort-values
 
Description
Beaufort
m/s
km/h
knots
miles/h
 
Very slow wind
3
5
18
10
11
Rather slow wind,Fresh breeze
5
‹10
36
19
22
Considerable wind, may lead to difficulties
8
‹20
72
39
45
Very windy, caution is advised, storm
11
‹30
108
58
67
Extreme wind, dangerous, violent storm
12
›30
     
Windspeed conversions
http://andvari.vedur.is/english/wind_eng.html

 

Prevailing winds on earth

North eastern trade winds in yellow.

Prevailing winds on earth

 

The wind farm

Parc Eolien Amogdoul,
near Cap Sim, can be seen on the southern horizont from Essaouira

The Amogdoul 60 MW wind farm started operation on April 13th 2007.

Cap Sim near the wind parc, is among Morocco's most western cape on the Atlantic coastline and enjoys favorable trade wind conditions. Everage yearly speed of the wind is 9 m/s.

It generates about 210 GWH of electricity per year. This leads to the systemtatic reduction of 156.000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Configured with 71 individual 850 MW wind turbines, this wind farm also benefits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) support sources associated to environmental agreements from the Kyoto protocol.(http://www.saharawind.com)

 

eolien Amoogdoul

 

 

eolien Amogdoul

Locate this sight on the Map  Tour Sidi Kauki

Ecology


The winds