|“Yayla Tepmesi”, the katabatic winds of Mt. Kiran at Akbük|
The “Kiran Poyraz”
At certain points of the Turkish coast, two climatic regimes, the arid and dry weather of the Anatolian Plateau and the moist and Mediterranean climate of the coast, come close together. This proximity causes some local winds, which the “Bodrumlu”s call, in general, “Yayla Tepmesi”, “The Kick of the Highlands”. What is meant by this, is a so called katabatic wind, which under certain conditions may blow off the plateau – only for a short time, but with considerable force. The picturesque Akbük is in Sadun Boro’s words “in the eye” of the Kiran wind.
The indications of the Kiran:
“The Kiran will occur in the summer months and usually in July and August. It happens at night and a Poyraz (boreas, the northeaster) must have blown before. Prior to the Kiran the weather has to be exceptionally dry, no dew will precipitate, the hygrometer will fall. There will be no fog, no haze, visibility will be excellent. Then, when at the summits the clouds start to roll to the south. (…) and he continues on page 183: then mariner, it is time that you quickly heave your anchor and seek refuge at the north of the bay, close to the ruins of an oil press.(…) At the jetty (of Akbük) there is no way that you could stay.”
I have tried to explain the “devastator” below. With very special thanks to Burak Günsür, a naval architect.