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Wise men of Þingeyri, Westfjords, claim weather will remain good until Christmas

By Staff

  • Þingeyri, Westfjords A number of local philosophers in Þingeyri, Westfjords, predict that the weather in the area will remain mild until Christmas. Photo/Pjetur

A number of local philosophers in Þingeyri, Westfjords, predict that the weather in the area will remain mild until Christmas. According to Þingeyrarvefurinn and Morgunblaðið newspaper, the wise men based their forecast on planet position, and the effect of the moon on the Earth, among other things.

For centuries, Icelanders relied on different methods to try to forecast the weather; they would observe the way animals behaved, interpret dreams and even note changes in their own bodies. It was also common belief that weather conditions on specific days gave clues as to what was to follow.

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According to old folk belief, weather will improve after Höfðadagur day on August 29th, the day of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the request of Salome, and remain pleasant for the next twenty days - something the wise men of Þingeyri took into account when creating their forecast.

They predicted that cold, notherly winds will hit the area in October, but were unable to foretell whether the people of Þingeyri can expect a white Christmas at this point. 

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