Pat Shingleton: "The Sea Breeze..."
You may have heard us mention a sea-breezse front during our weathercasts. A visit to the Gulf coast will also afford a sea-breeze experience. Sea-breezes are most powerful along the coast of Chile and are called the "Virazon" and often blow at gale force. The Virazon blows so hard it gathers and hurls pebbles at incredible speeds. Other sea breezes are pleasant and refreshing. The "datoo" that blows over Gibraltar, the "imbat" of Morocco, the "ponente" of western Italy, the "kapatilaa" of Hawaii and the "doctor" of tropical regions provide relief from the heat. Regardless of the name they developed in the same way. The sea-breeze begins as a gentle morning breeze, then the sun's energy heats the land and the Earth's surface in turn heats the overlying air. The warm air over the land rises and cooler air moves onshore to replace it. As noted, the sea breeze can often have a marked front, similar to a tiny cold front with sea-breezes often pushing inland for over 100 miles.