Halcyon Days: the Myth of Alcyone

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Halcyon Days, from the Greek Alkyonides, is a mid-winter phenomenon that has a meteorological explanation for us but had a mythological one for Ancient Greeks.

Alkyonides days in Greece are summer days in mid-January, when the temperature can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius for a whole week (that is 68 degrees Fahrenheit), the winds cease, and the sea remains calm. It is due to the equalization of the barometric pressure between Northern Europe and Greece, and the anticyclonic situation that …

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