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CINDY DAY: Summer forecast? The answer was blowing in the wind

According to Grandma and Karen N. in Sydney, N.S., it looks like a nice summer on Cape Breton Island.  This screenshot was taken at exactly
6:58 p.m. ADT on March 20. Karen says: "I sure hope your Grandma was right on this one!"
According to Grandma and Karen N. in Sydney, N.S., it looks like a nice summer on Cape Breton Island. This screenshot was taken at exactly 6:58 p.m. ADT on March 20. Karen says:

Earlier this month, I gave you some homework. I asked if you might take note of the wind direction on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:58 p.m. ADT (7:28 p.m. NDT) – the time of the spring equinox.

Grandma believed the wind direction at the time of the spring equinox would reveal the weather for the upcoming summer.

Not everyone has turned in their assignments, but I did get a good sampling from across Atlantic Canada.

Before we have a look at the findings, here’s a recap:

  •  South wind means the summer will be warm. 
  •  North wind points to a colder than average summer. 
  • East wind brings lots of damp or wet weather.
  • West wind promises a dry season.

P.S. If the wind is light, less than five km/h at the time of the equinox, the wind direction could be considered variable and not a good indicator.

Here you are:

  • Tom from Digby, N.S.:  S at 10 km/h
  • Irene from Halifax: S at 5 km/h.
  • Stuart from New Glasgow, N.S.: SW at 10 km/h
  • Arlene from Glace Bay, N.S.: W and light
  • Paul from Summerside P.E.I.: SW 30 km/h
  • Fredericton: S 15 km/h
  • Tracey from Corner Brook, N.L.:  SW 20 km/h
  • Steve from St. John’s, N.L.: W 30 km/h

I didn’t hear from anyone in Labrador City, so I checked the hourly observation and found that the wind was from the west, but at less than 5 km/h.

Based on my very unscientific poll, the summer across Atlantic Canada should be dry and warm.

Thank you for weighing in.  I will leave you with a quote from Karen N. from Sydney, N.S.: “Fun homework, but I guess we won’t get graded until September.”

Have a weather question, photo or drawing to share with Cindy Day? Email weathermail@weatherbyday.ca

Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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