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The Word of the Day comes from APEIROGON by Colum McCann. It is longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.


Sirocco (/sɪˈrɒkoʊ/), scirocco, jugo or, rarely, siroc (see other Names below) is a Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara and can reach hurricane speeds in North Africa and Southern Europe, especially during the summer season.

It arises from a warm, dry, tropical air mass that is pulled northward by low-pressure cells moving eastward across the Mediterranean Sea, with the wind originating in the Arabian or Sahara deserts.[1] The hotter, drier continental air mixes with the cooler, wetter air of the maritime cyclone, and the counter-clockwise circulation of the low propels the mixed air across the southern coasts of Europe.

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