The Ancient Weather Lore of Arabia listed a series of gales, which occur regularly in the Eastern Mediterranean area. They generally set in from the South West & veer to the West * North West. The average duration is three days & their occurrence rarely deviates more than forty-eight hours from the dates shown below.
|27 September||El Saleeb Winds||Cross Wind|
|21 October||El Saleebish||Crusade|
|26 November*||El Mickness||Broom Gale|
|20 December||El Fedra El Saggira||Small Feeder Gale|
|11 January *||Unnamed||Gale|
|19 January||El Fedra El Kebira||Large Feeder Gale|
|18 February *||El Shams El Seghira||Small Sun Gale|
|10 March||El Hossoom||Equinox Gale|
|20 March *||El Shams El Kebira||Big Sun Gale|
|25 March||Hawa||Wind Gale|
|29 April||Khamseen Winds||Sand-Laden-Wind|
Table above will be good for those planning holidays here between September and April. It's usually pretty accurate. A lot of the storms carry red or yellow dust which is difficult to clean off cars and outdoor furniture!! The rain is also monsoon like and if you're out driving it's best to stop as windscreen wipers have little or no effect. Many of the scary thunder and lightening storms seem to happen overnight for some reason.
Hope this helps.