THE WINDS OF VERBANO

Inverna
Despite the name (winter), it can also be present during the summer. This wind is appreciated by the sailors. As it is a lake breeze, it blows in the late morning or at the beginning of the afternoon, and it goes towards the North part of the Lake.  Its formation or its straightening during an unusual time can lead to a weather change, and it becomes the Invernone (the big winter).

INVERNONE
It is a wind blowing from East that, through the Val Padana, reaches the Verbano, enhancing the Inverna. It is a very good predictor of the weather change, towards a cloudy sky, sometimes with rainfall.

Marenca o Marenco
It is very rare, it blows only a few times a year, and it can last half a day. It comes from the Gulf of Laveno and it blows hard (even up to 90km/h) towards Intra.

Vento da Nord
This wind blows after a rainfall, usually over the Alpine region, combined with the creation of depression in the Mediterranean region, and with the peak of depression into Central Europe, and the rotation of the winds in the altitude of the North section.
If the airstreams come from Northwest, the wind often blows from the Valle Maggia, but, if it comes from North-Northeast, the presence of the Levantina and the Mesolcina is dominant. This wind blows out of blue, and it lasts for more than a day. It has an irregular intensity, and for this reason, it can be dangerous. When it generates a rise in temperature, it is called Favino.

Valmaggino
The name is due to his origin. It comes from North or when storms occur in the Valle Maggia. In this case, strong gusts of wind occur on the Northern part of Luino.

Verzaschino
It blows when it comes from the North and goes to the Val Verzasca, then it blows onto the Northern part of the Lake, between the delta of Maggia and the mouth of Ticino.

Montecenerino 'munscendrin'
It occurs when the wind blows from East-Southeast, and from the Monte Cenerino arrives in the Northern part of the Lake, with strong wind gusts, provoking big wawes.

Ghiridon
It is rare, it comes from the Ghirindon, and it is accompanied by storms. This wind can be very dangerous because it blows hard gusts from the mountains and perpendicularly towards the Lake.

Maggiora
It's the given name when the Malvaggino and the Montecerino blow at the same time. Harbinger of the storm, this wind is very dangerous because it can bring high and irregular waves, which can exceed one meter of height.


Mergozzo
It blows from the Val d'Ossola and crosses the Lake, blowing harder between Baveno and Verbania. From that point, it passes crosswise the Lake towards the Lombard coast near Cerro di Laveno. It is a strong wind (up to 100 km/h), and it comes suddenly, but it lasts no longer than a couple of hours. When it blows at the speed of 8-15 knots, it's called Mergozzino.

Montive
When they do not have a particular feature, these are called general breezes from the mountains. From the night to the morning, the Montive come from the mountains or from the valleys with a low strength towards the center of the Lake, and it blows away after one km. They can also have local names.

Bozzasche
These name is referring to all the breezes which blow during the day-time near the flat coves, such as Monvalle or Germignaga.
Most of the Montive and Bozzasche have their proper names, that usually derives from their origin, such as quassetta, cannobino. marcuraghina, intragnola, cavandonera, etc.

Tramontana
It is a land's breeze, from the mountain, which blows from the evening till the early morning, going down the slopes towards the Lake. Unlike the  Montive, it marks a more intense and general presence on this area.