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and some Sciron. This blows from the point where the sun sets at the

summer solstice, and is the only wind that is diametrically opposite

to Eurus. These are the winds that are diametrically opposite to one

another and their contraries.

There are other winds which have no contraries. The wind they call

Thrascias, which lies between Argestes and Aparctias, blows from I;

and the wind called Meses, which lies between Caecias and Aparctias,

from K. (The line IK nearly coincides with the ever visible circle,

but not quite.) These winds have no contraries. Meses has not, or else

there would be a wind blowing from the point M which is

diametrically opposite. Thrascias corresponding to the point I has

not, for then there would be a wind blowing from N, the point which is

diametrically opposite. (But perhaps a local wind which the

inhabitants of those parts call Phoenicias blows from that point.)

These are the most important and definite winds and these their


There are more winds from the north than from the south. The

reason for this is that the region in which we live lies nearer to the

north. Also, much more water and snow is pushed aside into this

quarter because the other lies under the sun and its course. When this

thaws and soaks into the earth and is exposed to the heat of the sun

and the earth it necessarily causes evaporation to rise in greater

quantities and over a greater space.

Of the winds we have described Aparctias is the north wind in the

strict sense. Thrascias and Meses are north winds too. (Caecias is

half north and half east.) South are that which blows from due south

and Lips. East, the wind from the rising of the sun at the equinox and

Eurus. Phoenicias is half south and half east. West, the wind from the

true west and that called Argestes. More generally these winds are

classified as northerly or southerly. The west winds are counted as

northerly, for they blow from the place of sunset and are therefore

colder; the east winds as southerly, for they are warmer because

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