Some of the elders from
followed an old tradition on
New Year’s Eve to guess how the weather will be next year by salting 12 slices
of an onion. Each of them represented a month and the quantity of melted salt
indicated the amount of rainfall. Western
Another old weather guessing method practiced in Hungarian communities is to observe the weather starting the day of
until Christmas Day, each day indicating a month of the next year. Saint
Maybe this year the prediction was right, as January is unusually mild and with little amount of precipitation and the Romanian Meteorological Agency (ANM) didn’t forecast major changes for the next weeks.
Because of and anticyclone and some low pressure systems over the
most of December was mild and foggy too, with a low rainfall. Temperatures went
above average with several degrees all over the country, but in central and
western parts of Atlantic climbed
as high as 14 or 15 degrees in cities like Romania and Sibiu . Arad
Unusually mild weather in the past month worries farmers especially in
, who are afraid that a sudden drop
of temperatures would affect crops and orchards. Western
The most sensitive seems to be cherry trees and apricot trees, which are about to bud in some places and could be affected by strong freeze.
The lack of snow could be dangerous if temperatures dip more than 10 grades below zero, because it covers and protects crops from freezing and provides humidity necessary from growing.
Snowdrop (photo), the herald of spring, blossomed this year in early January and hyacinth, a March flower, started to grow. In some places even the lilacs started to sprout.
’s calendar indicates similar weather for February,
but high precipitation for March. People hope it will be rain instead of snow
and low temperatures. Saint