Zephyr - the gentle westerner

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Zephyr is the name for any prevailing warm and gentle westerly breeze at the time of the summer solstice in the N hemisphere.

The name derived from Zephyros was the Greek god of the west wind, which was considered the gentlest wind, especially if compared to the colder north wind, Boreas.

The Greek mythology knows four winds: Boreas , the North Wind; Favonius, the South Wind; Eurus, the East Wind; and Zephyr, the West Wind. Aeolus was the King of the Winds. Zephyros, was the kindliest of the four brothers. Like all winds, he was the son of Dawn and his father was Astreus. The West Wind came in springtime. He melted snow. He brought warm rain. And the waters of the melting snow and the warm rain sank into the Earth and brought up flowers and trees and all crops that fed mankind.