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Table 2 Winds and their characteristics as described by the Afar pastoralists

From: Indigenous weather and climate forecasting knowledge among Afar pastoralists of north eastern Ethiopia: Role in adaptation to weather and climate variability

Wind Timing Characteristics
Gilalta Segum season These are winds that blow from north to south during the hottest part of the year (Gilal).
Burantu   This is also called the wind of greyness or drought and blows from the east to west. It is also termed as infertile wind or wind that does not result in any form of grass productivity or plant growth.
Woreru November Very weak winds blowing from north to west and brings clouds on November
Kuya Late May A wind that blows from western highlands to east and signals the start of Karma
Silayto June Strong silayto winds blowing, with a whizzing sound from the western highlands to the Afar hinterland
Kilb Segum season Wind that flows from south to north and is an indication of strong and devastating Segum rains