Almwind

From Glossary of Meteorology



almwind

Local name for a foehn that blows from the south (Hungary) across the Tatra Mountains south of Krakow, Poland, and descends the northern valleys; similar to the Alpine south foehn.

It is sometimes stormy and may reach 20–25 m s-1 (40–50 mph) in gusts, especially in spring and fall. It raises temperatures to as much as 14°C above the normal for the season, and in winter and spring it causes avalanches. At Zakopane (in southern Poland) it sometimes blows as a high foehn. This wind occurs in front of depressions moving eastward in the Baltic.