Melinka

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Melinka
Isla Melinca
Aerial view of Melinka
Aerial view of Melinka
Comuna de Guaitecas.svg
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Melinka
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 43°53′52″S 73°44′38″W / 43.89778°S 73.74389°W / -43.89778; -73.74389Coordinates: 43°53′52″S 73°44′38″W / 43.89778°S 73.74389°W / -43.89778; -73.74389
Region Aisén
Province Aisén
Commune Guaitecas
Government
 • Alcalde Luis Antonio Miranda Chiguay
Population (2002 census [1])
 • Total 1,411
Time zone Chilean Standard (UTC−04:00)
 • Summer (DST) Chilean Daylight (UTC−03:00)
Area code(s) Country + town = 56 + ?
Climate Cfb

Melinka is a Chilean town in Aysén Province, Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region. It is located on Ascención Island and is the administrative center of the commune of Guaitecas since 1979. Melinka was founded in 1860 by the German immigrant, Felipe Arnold Westhoff [1] who settled in the area when it was still part of Chiloé Province.

According to a local legend the word melinka comes from Russian and means lovely. In fact, there is the Russian archaic colloquialism милёнка (transl. milyonka) which means "lovely."[2]

The town is on a small peninsula off the main island, and shelters a small harbor. The island is in the Guaitecas Archipelago, at the southern end of the Gulf of Corcovado.[3][4]

Melinka is served by Melinka Airport.

Climate[edit]

Melinka has a wet oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb).

Climate data for Melinka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17.4
(63.3)
17.2
(63)
15.9
(60.6)
13.6
(56.5)
11.3
(52.3)
10.1
(50.2)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.9
(51.6)
13.2
(55.8)
13.8
(56.8)
15.7
(60.3)
13.3
(55.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
13.2
(55.8)
12.0
(53.6)
10.4
(50.7)
8.8
(47.8)
7.7
(45.9)
7.6
(45.7)
7.3
(45.1)
7.8
(46)
9.5
(49.1)
10.3
(50.5)
12.0
(53.6)
10.0
(50)
Average low °C (°F) 9.6
(49.3)
9.5
(49.1)
8.7
(47.7)
7.4
(45.3)
6.0
(42.8)
5.0
(41)
5.0
(41)
4.6
(40.3)
4.8
(40.6)
6.1
(43)
7.0
(44.6)
8.5
(47.3)
6.9
(44.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 152.2
(5.992)
168.2
(6.622)
216.8
(8.535)
270.1
(10.634)
349.4
(13.756)
367.8
(14.48)
382.5
(15.059)
325.2
(12.803)
256.9
(10.114)
191.6
(7.543)
247.0
(9.724)
246.0
(9.685)
3,137.7
(123.531)
Source: Bioclimatografia de Chile[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eldivisadero.cl/noticia-7782
  2. ^ Толковый словарь русского языка - Милёнок (in Russian). 1937. Retrieved 2013-02-12. милёнка, м. (простореч.). 
  3. ^ Google Maps - Melinka
  4. ^ OpenStreetMap - Melinka
  5. ^ Hajek, Ernst; Castri, Francesco (1975). "Bioclimatografia de Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 April 2016.