The atmosphere is also purified by the fierce te7nporales, or "northers," which occasionally sweep down over the Gulf and across this open region.
The trades are steady through the year, and in the dry season the western part of the island enjoys cool "northers."
Vera Cruz is an open anchorage inside a series of reefs which afford no protection to vessels from the " northers."
The southern terraces of the plateau have no high mountain barriers between them and the moist winds of the Caribbean, and they too receive an abundant rainfall in the wet season, especially during the prevalence of heavy " northers " on the Gulf coast.
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