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Bora Scura

by Simon Šerc

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Anthony Childs Impressive capture of extreme elements both directly and from behind porous shelter. I'm always in awe of artists/recordists who can translate nature to the level it seems the equipment and processes used are almost completely invisible.
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Action I 08:54
Action II 07:03
Action III 09:03
Action IV 07:45
Action V 11:15
Action VI 03:54
Action VII 08:14
Action VIII 07:01
Action IX 06:15
Action X 03:34


The area of Ajdovščina, a town in Vipava Valley (Slovenia), is highly exposed to strong and cold wind, called Bora, which occurs 42 days per year on average. The peak frequency occurs in the cold season (November - March). Its strongest gusts exceed the speed of 200 km/h; in winter 2010 the wind gust was measured at a record speed of 295 km/h. It blows mostly from the northeastern direction, but due to the surface of the relief, it deviates locally also to the east and to the north. Because the region separates the lower Adriatic coast from the Julian Alps range, extreme Bora winds often occur there.

Bora affects people’s everyday lives, causes damage in agriculture, traffic and destroys buildings. In the periods of extremely strong wind people are advised not to leave the buildings due to the safety reasons. Kindergartens, schools, other public buildings, factories and even medical center are closed. Furthermore, strong wind easily tears down the electricity and telephone cables. Lack of the electrical power affects also the supply of the drinkable water. Inevitable Bora’s consequences are smaller or bigger damages on the buildings, most common consequences are uncovered roofs. Although the local population is well adapted to this local meteorological phenomenon, injuries and damage due to flying objects blown away by wind may occur.

When the wind speed exceeds 100 km/h the traffic is obstructed. The highway is closed for the truck trailers because of the risk of overturning, which brings negative consequences on the local economy. Bora can also break or uproot trees. Damage most likely occurs in winter and spring, when Bora shakes off the tree blossoms. Furthermore, local areas where Bora is at its highest, trees grow inclined with asymmetric crowns.

The Bora wind also interferred in making history, as it helped the Roman army led by Theodosius I. in the Battle of the Frigidus in 394 AD against his opponent Eugenius and his pagan army who were advancing from the west. Bora blowing from the northeast impeded pagans' battling and gained victory to Theodosius I. and his army.

Realtime wind data from the Ajdovščina location:


released April 22, 2018

recorded by simon šerc / 05-feb-2015
recording location: ajdovščina / slovenia
photo by henrik šerc + simon šerc

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