The power of Bora


The people of Senj have a great respect for Bora – a northern to north-eastern katabatic wind in the Adriatic Sea.

“The Bora is born in Trieste, it gathers its force in Rijeka and reaches full magnitude in Senj.”

Of all the Croatian littoral, Senj area is the most exposed to the Bora wind.

In Senj, the Bora outbreaks are the most frequent, longest lasting and strongest on the Adriatic. This natural phenomenon is extremely interesting to scientists and the Bora of Senj has been the subject of study for a long time.

As early as 1954, Senj had an anemograph installed – a devices for constant measuring and recording of wind direction and speed.
The name Bora derives from the Greek boreasa. In Greek mythology. Boreas, like all other winds, has its own characteristic features.

It is personified as a powerful, winged god that is considered the king of other winds (presumably because of its power). Bura, the Croatian name for Bora, did not come directly via Greek, but as a derivation from Italian, probably from the Venetian word bora.

Due to the town’s specific climate and geographical position, it is not unusual for the bathing season to start in the sub-Velebit coastal area while the back country, only 20 km away, is still covered in snow.

PHOTO: Srečko Blas

Source: „Northern Velebit“ National Park Public Institution”

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