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One day we had landed to record fishermen's interviews about winds we were caught in a squall.
Winds of Lipari islands
Aeolus' kingdom
Squall phenomenon
Extract from ship's log
Signs of squall
Meteorological explanation
Weather prediction
Stakes of weather prediction
The fisherman Bartolomeo inboarding the catamaran in order to prevent us about a next gale.
The following lines of our boat's log witness to the typical evolution of a squall, such as we experienced it in the Lipari Islands.

"September 12. On land for a video interview.
Bartholomeo (a Lipariot fisherman we have met previously) comes up to us and announces a squall. He warns us that the harbour is not safe. Obviously fishermen and tourist transporters whose boats are lying at the quay are now leaving the harbour in a hurry, one after the other. The sky darkens. The wind strengthens. Nara and Dominique go on recording their interview that precisely concerned squalls. Then the squall breaks out, suddenly. We have to shelter the equipement. A pouring rain begins to fall. We see our catamaran moving away to the open sea, as a precaution (...). At about 8 o'clock p.m., the squall is at the strongest. It lasts 45 minutes. On the spot, at a rough estimate, the force of the wind must reach 7 or 8 on the Beaufort scale. Rain is decreasing. At about 10 o'clock, the catamaran can approach the mole of Pignataro, then make fast at a fisherman's boat on 4th line. At about 11 o'clock, we succeed in re-embarking. The night is looking calmer." next
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