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. 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.