|THE WINDS OF THE DAYTIME WRESTLE AND FIGHT
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
WEATHER FOLKLORE: "The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight, Longer and stronger than those of the night"
APPLICABILITY: Lore works best in situations with mostly clear skies through most of the day and night.
ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION: Stability occurs when cool air is under warmer air. At night, the earth's surface
cools off. This surface cooling promotes stability. The wind tends to slacken as low level stability
occurs after sunset.
In the daytime the sun warms the earth's surface. This causes warm air to be under cooler air. This situation is more
unstable than at night. Just
like a pot of boiling water, unstable air will mix and move. This creates stronger
wind and wind gusts.
PITFALLS: Fronts can frequently mess up the lore since a front can bring in strong wind day or night. The effect
will not be as pronounced on cloudy days since daytime heating is minimized.