Newfoundland Weather is one of the most talked about topics in this part of the world.
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The traditional Newfoundland fisherman was very conscious of the weather since he had to pursue his trade in all weather types. He had to foretell weather from the signs he observed in nature. He had to know when there would be long periods of fine weather before he ventured off shore and also when to arrange for the drying of the fish on the flakes. Also he had to know favourable wind conditions for good catches, and also atmospheric pressure, again for drying the fish.
The following are Newfoundland weather observations that are still quoted even today:
Where the Wind Blows A Guide to Marine Weather in Atlantic Canada by Peter Bowyer and John M. Gray, Environment Canada
A Red Dawn is the sign of rain and storm
A Red Sunset is a sign of fine weather.
This is summed up in :
"Red Sky at Night - Sailor's Delight;
Red Sky in the Morning - Sailor's Warning"
- Brilliant Northern Lights foretell a fine day and then stormy weather.
- When birds or gulls fly hign, it is a sign of impending bad weather.
- Trees laden down with dogberries predict a "hard" winter.
- After the sum crosses the line in September, watch the wind and weather for the following days. Each day is said to forecast the weather for the individual months ahead.
- When the wind shifts against the sun,
Trust it not for back will run.
A simplified climatology illustrates the extreme variability of marine weather in the region.
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