Today we’ve come across a really interesting story behind the current high winds that started 13th March.

As you will have noticed if you are a regular reader, Fethiye Times loves weather – and today we’ve come across a really interesting story behind the current high winds that started 13th March.

If you sail and own a copy of the Turkish Coastal Pilot’s book, you can read about this in more detail in the ‘Coptic Calendar’ reproduced at the front of the book in the ‘Technical Information’ section.  For everyone else, here is a summary.  It seems the ancient Copts, the earliest Christians who still make up 12% of the population of Egypt, had an almanac which included annual dates on which storms could be expected.  For March these are 10th – 18th and 20th –22nd.  A Commander in the Royal Navy provided all the storm data for the book from the Coptic Almanac, and added traditional Turkish storm dates which show storms in March on the 11th, 12th, 15th and 21st.  The Turkish dates don’t give any figures for the duration of storms but, as you can see, they more or less cover the same period as the Coptic dates. As the book says:

“The similarities between the Coptic Almanac and the Turkish table leave us in no doubt that they come from a common source.  There are strong indications that this source was of Egyptian, and probably of ancient origin and was based on scholarly research.”

On the evening of March 13th Fethiye Times was chatting to the village carpenter and, when the wind was mentioned, he said “It’s a day early, should start 14th and blow for up to nine days. It’s an annual event.”  Bet he doesn’t know it was first set down by the Copts around 2000 years ago.

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