From Glossary of Meteorology


An east or southeast desert wind in Morocco (North Africa), especially in the north.

It is persistent, very dry and dusty, hot in summer, cold in winter. It blows with high pressure in the Mediterranean and isobars run nearly parallel with the coast. It is said to be most frequent in the 40 days following 11 or 12 July, a period known as the Smaïm.
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