The Palm Sunday wind would indicate the summer trend

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By Gilles MATRICON, meteorologist

This Sunday, April 10 is Palm Sunday. According to an old popular saying, “the wind of the branches is the prevailing wind of the year, and more particularly of summer”. If we are to believe this weather saying, what would be the weather conditions for the next few months? Analysis of The Weather Channel.

Palm Sunday 2022 takes place on Sunday April 10, the Sunday before Easter Sunday, while in 2021 it was March 28. Its date is therefore very variable.


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


What do the seasonal forecasts say?


The global meteorological configuration for Sunday would be for the persistence of high pressures over Germany, while low pressures would be positioned over the Atlantic, off Portugal. This situation is conducive to the development of a southeasterly wind, which could suggest a stormy tendency over the regions of the southwestern half and drier conditions in the north. This finding is also quite in line with our seasonal forecasts, the first trends of which point to a hot and possibly stormy summer due to long-term anticyclones forecast over continental Europe and depressions towards the Iberian Peninsula.


Although Palm Sunday is a changeable date, like Easter, it is curious to note that this saying holds true globally at nearly 70%.


The weather sayings associated with Palm Sunday


“The wind that blows over the Palms, won’t change anytime soon” is one of the most popular weather sayings. So, according to belief, the wind that blows on the Sunday before Easter will be the prevailing wind of the year.


Different variants of this famous saying exist, all linked to the same meaning:


– “The wind, for Palm Sunday, blesses. The whole year blows and follows”.


– “Wind that beats the Palms, beats nine months of the year”


– “The wind that blew during the Palm Sunday service will be the wind of the year: it is the rooster of the steeple who decided”


– “The wind that pulls for Palm Sunday, pulls all year round”.


The origins of Palm Sunday


According to liturgical writings, Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal arrival of Jesus Christ as Messiah in the Holy Land. Many people, having heard of the sermons and miracles performed by the latter, gather at the entrance to Jerusalem to welcome him. As Jesus arrives on the back of a donkey, a sign of humility, the crowd brandishes palm branches as he passes while covering his path with cloaks.


Palm Sunday also marks the entry of Christians into Holy Week and the Passion of Christ, the last week of Jesus’ lifetime. It ends with Easter Sunday, the day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


What does the word “Twigs” mean?


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


Palm Sunday Mass


The Palm Sunday celebration begins outside the church. Christians are invited to bring twigs or a palm branch, which will be blessed by the priest. This procession being accomplished, the celebration resumes inside the church. At the end of the ceremony, the Christians hang the branches on the crucifixes of their houses. They keep them until Ash Wednesday the following year, when they can bring them to be burned. This date marks the entry of Christianity into the period of Lent.


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