Palm Sunday winds indicate the direction of summer!

by Jill Matricon, meteorologist

This Sunday, April 10 is Palm Sunday. According to an old folk proverb, “The winds of the branches are the prevailing winds of the year, especially the winds of summer.” If we believe this weather saying, what will the weather conditions be for the next few months? Weather Channel Analysis.

Palm Sunday 2022 takes place on Sunday, April 10, the Sunday before Easter, while in 2021 it was March 28. So its history is very variable.

This Sunday, the winds will move from east to southeast over France. Dry weather everywhere, but it will be very cold in the morning with some frost in the east. In the afternoon, the temperatures will be mixed, with only 11-13°C north of the Seine, while it will be mild south of the Garonne with 20-23°C.

What do the seasonal forecasts say?

The global meteorological configuration for Sunday will be for continued high pressures on Germany, while low pressures will be placed over the Atlantic, off Portugal. This situation is conducive to the emergence of southeasterly winds, which may indicate a stormy trend over the regions of the southwest hemisphere and drier conditions in the north. This result is also in line with our seasonal forecast, where the first trends point to a hot and possibly stormy summer due to the forecast of long-term hurricanes in continental Europe and depressions towards the Iberian Peninsula.

Although Palm Sunday is a mutable date, as is Easter, it is strange to note that this saying applies globally by about 70%.

Weather sayings associated with Palm Sunday

One of the most famous weather sayings: “The wind that blows over the palms, it won’t change anytime soon.” Therefore, according to belief, The wind that blows on the Sunday before Easter will be the prevailing wind of the year.

Variations of this famous saying exist, and they are all associated with the same meaning:

– “The wind for the day of Palm Sunday is blessed. The whole year blows and follows it.”

– “A wind that strikes the palms, exceeding nine months of the year.”

– “The wind that blew during Palm Sunday prayer will be the wind of the year: it is the rooster of the church tower that decides”

– “The winds that blow on Palm Sunday are blown all year round.”

Palm Sunday Origins

According to the liturgical writings, Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ as Messiah in the Holy Land. Many people, having heard of the sermons and miracles performed by the latter, gathered at the entrance to Jerusalem to welcome him. When Jesus arrives on the back of a donkey, a sign of humility, the crowd waves palm branches as it passes while covering its path in cloaks.

Palm Sunday also marks Christians’ entry into Passion Week and the Passion of Christ, the last week of Jesus’ life. It ends on Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What does the word “twigs” mean?

In the Jewish tradition, the palm branch (as well as the term “Hosanna”) refers to the Jewish festival of harvest. It is also, in Christianity, a cry of joy and welcome: with this word Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem. Finally, the branch symbolizes prosperity and victory.

Palm Sunday Mass

The celebration of Palm Sunday begins outside the church. Christians are invited to bring boughs or palm branches that the priest will bless. This procession is accomplished, and the celebration resumes inside the church. At the end of the ceremony, Christians hung twigs on the crux of their homes. They keep them until Ash Wednesday of the following year, when they can bring them to burn. This date refers to the entry of Christianity into the period of Lent.

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