From Glossary of Meteorology


An easterly wind (from Lombardy) that predominates along the French–Italian frontier.

It comes from the High Alps. In winter it is violent and forms snowdrifts in the mountain valleys. In the plains it is gentle and very dry. It is associated with an anticyclone over France and central Europe, or with high pressure to the southeast of Europe and low pressure to the northwest along with falling pressure over western France.

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