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Journal Pioneer - - WEATHER - Cindy Day is SaltWire Net­work’s Chief Me­te­o­rol­o­gist CINDY DAY


As most of you know, I love get­ting out in the com­mu­nity to meet peo­ple and dis­cuss the weather. For much of my ca­reer, I’ve made a point of vis­it­ing Grade 5 class­rooms all over At­lantic Canada as part of their weather unit stud­ies. This week I paid a visit to Ms. DeWolf’s Grade 5 class at Joseph Howe Ele­men­tary school in Hal­i­fax. The stu­dents had been study­ing the weather unit and made some lovely rain gauges, one of which was be­daz­zled!

I spent the morn­ing with the stu­dents dis­cussing ev­ery­thing from A to Z and as I walked out the door, a girl in the class said, “You have a very im­por­tant job. If we didn’t have weath­er­men, how would we know how to dress? Some boys are still wear­ing shorts!”

All this to say, you’re never too young – or too old – to en­joy weather watch­ing!


One of my other favourite things is read­ing your feed­back. A week ago, Luella Hen­ni­gar was in­spired to reach out after read­ing my Grandma Says col­umn on cats and the snow.

Here’s an ex­cerpt from that col­umn: The first thing you’ll need is a cat; there was never

a lack of those on the farm. You’ll also need to know the phase of the moon – I will get to why in just a mo­ment. Then Grandma kept an eye on the ground; she was wait­ing for the first snow cover of the sea­son. A light dust­ing wasn’t quite suf­fi­cient; there had to be enough snow on the ground to be able to see the cat’s tracks. The tim­ing of that snow­fall would help Grandma cal­cu­late the num­ber of times it would snow dur­ing the up­com­ing win­ter.

To the moon now: Grandma be­lieved that if you took the date of the first snow­fall in which you could see a cat’s tracks and added it to the age of the moon you would get the num­ber of snow­falls for your area. And here’s what Luella Hen­ni­gar had to say:

The new moon was on Nov. 7 (and) on the night of Nov. 19 we had three or four inches of snow here in Maple Grove, Hants County, just 10 kilo­me­tres from Mait­land. When I got up the next morn­ing there were deer tracks across my yard and the tracks of a cou­ple of my neigh­bour’s cats all around my house. Ac­cord­ing to that, we are in for a num­ber of snow­storms this win­ter. Hope (the storms) only leave a small amount (of snow) each time, so I don’t have to be plowed out each time. I en­joy all the fore­cast­ers’ com­ments but use my own judg­ments when it comes to be­liev­ing them as I have spent 91 win­ters in Nova Sco­tia!


Cindy Day takes ques­tions from stu­dents when she vis­its schools, here she is vis­it­ing stu­dents at Joseph Howe School in Hal­i­fax.

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