Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Weather in Croatia: Palagruža Records Highest Waves Since 2004!

The weather in Croatia is typically viewed as sunny, dry and calm, and even impossibly hot by most who visit in the summer months.

But just what happens when bura, jugo, and all other types of Adriatic winds decide to strike the coast? Conditions get suddenly worse, and a once calm, deep blue Adriatic sea becomes like something from the mid-Atlantic Ocean, sometimes even causing damage to the shoreline and to buildings. The sometimes dramatic turn of the weather in Croatia can therefore be a rather strange thing to witness for those who simply assume that because of the country's geographical position, that the warm summer climate is a constant one.

There are many types of winds in Croatia, all have their own sources, come from different directions, and typically occur at different times of year, and of course, we have articles dedicated to three of the main ones, click here, here, and here if you'd like to read more about them.

Palagruža is a location most people visiting the country have never heard of, it is Croatia's most remote lighthouse island, and when the wind blows and the sea becomes stormy, viewing Mother Nature's power from here is quite the experience indeed.

As Morski writes on the 30th of October, 2018, according to data taken from the State Meteorological Institute, at 20:00 last night, conditions on the sea worsened drastically and massive waves with a height of seven metres were recorded, meaning that the waves last night were the highest since back in 2004 according to that measuring station's records.

Palagruža's lighthouse keeper Vojislav Šain told Dalmacija Danas that Palagruža is completely cut off from the world, but that he doesn't particularly care about that because he has naturally become accustomed to living in such isolation on this extremely remote Croatian island.

He continued by saying that the waves were very high, but that it didn't actually rain much, and that storms from the Italian coast were moving ever closer.

Want to find out more about potentially dangerous conditions on the Adriatic and just what to watch out for when sailing in Croatia? Click here and follow Total Croatia Sailing.


Click here for the original article by Dalmacija Danas

Monday, 29 October 2018

Korčula Island Cut Off from the Mainland because of "Jugo"

A strong jugo wind like this one doesn't happen often (luckily), so when it does it's worth mentioning. 

Sometimes you really gotta trust the weather forecast, no matter how many times before you were angry with them for having missed this or that weather event. These days we see one of those occasions taking place. 

Korčula island is quite close to the mainland, and it rarely happens that none of the boat, ferry of catamaran islands connecting it to Pelješac or Split are operational. But, a strong "jugo" wind that we've been experiencing in the last couple of days has succeeded at just that: not single one of the regular lines connecting Korčula to mainland Croatia is currently operating, and the weather forecast for the night and tomorrow early morning are not giving us much hope that things are going to get much better anytime soon. 

This is a video taken today by Smiljana Matijaca of Cukarin fame, posted on her Facebook profile, showing you how it's possible for such a short ferry line, like Dominče - Orebić (or the Korčula - Orebić boat line) to be brought to a halt because of the strong wind: 



Hopefully, jugo (the south-eastern wind, bringing humid and usually warm air, which usually means rain also) will subside tomorrow, and traffic to and from Korčula will be restored. And, once in a while when a situation like this happens, one can only hope that everyone will be safe on Korčula this night, and that no emergency medical services will be needed. And, unborn babies of Korčula, could you please wait for a day and not decide to be born tonight, please? Thanks. 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Bura Dramatically Cools Adriatic Sea Temperature in Dalmatia

From abnormally hot to drastically cooler as bura cools things off in Dalmatia.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Heavy Snowfall and Freezing Rain to Cause Problems in Traffic

Drivers are advised to check the forecast and exercise caution on the road

Monday, 5 February 2018

Meet the Croatian Weather App from Zadar

A Croatian weather app directly from Zadar is gaining in popularity across the country and the wider region.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Bura Sees Franjo Tudjman Bridge Closed, Catamarans and Flights Cancelled

The Pearl of the Adriatic is taking a battering from the elements.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Snow, Rain, and Wind Hit Croatia Today, Here's What You Need to Know

The country gets a chilly taste of winter today.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Chaotic Morning in Dubrovnik as Bura Forces Bridge Closure and Flight Delays

The infamous bura wind makes its return to the Pearl of the Adriatic in its usual, brutal style.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

European Conference on Severe Storms Underway in Pula

Croatia has had a summer we can only describe as apocalyptic.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wind Prevents Some Flights Landing at Dubrovnik Airport

Strong wind this morning caused air traffic problems in the south of Croatia, several airplanes were diverted to other airports.

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