Torbole Winds

Pelèr or Vent del Sarca: permanent wind which blows from the north and lasts 12 hours,  extending across most of the lake’s surface and joining or feeding other winds. In good weather it starts blowing from the evening until 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.  First it blows in the northern and middle part of the lake; at sunrise and in the summer months it becomes much stronger, extending across the whole surface; offshore it can reach the speed of 12-15 m/s. It usually brings good weather but, if it arises at the wrong time, as it can happen in winter, it brings bad weather

Ora: permanent wind which blows from the south, which usually develops in the centre of the lake between 12:00 and 1.00 p.m., after the Pelèr drops, until sunset. It is not as violent as the Pelèr and in fact it never blows faster than 8-10 m/s. This is the wind that has made the Upper Garda very famous in the sailing world

Vineza or Vinesa: this wind comes from the south of the lake; it is created by the Bora wind when it reaches Lake Garda coming from the Upper Adriatic Sea. It’s usually a strong wind and brings changing weather within the next 24 hours. It can last the whole day

Balì or Balinot: it comes down from Mount Ballino, situated in the north-western part of Riva. It isn’t very frequent, but in winter you can usually find it after a sudden drop of temperature. It can travel at a speed of  20 m/s and it often causes big waves – bigger than Pelèr’s

Ponale or Ponalot: it comes from the Ponale Valley in the west and blows in the evening and at night and occasionally in the morning. Along the eastern coast it’s not so strong. It joins the Pelèr and can sometimes bring bad weather; in this case it becomes violent and dangerous


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