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The Famous Unpredictable Weather of Newfoundland

Newfoundland weather is historically and famously unpredictable. Its affinity for quick changes led to the well-known weather lore that most sailors and fishermen still look to: “red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky at morning, sailor take warning”, brilliant Northern Lights mean a beautiful day followed by stormy weather, and trees with too many dogberries predict a tough winter. Travelers on a cruise to Labrador and Newfoundland will find one constant in that the consistent winds blow in from the west.

Given its longitudinal span, winter varies considerably throughout the region. Travelers who dislike cold weather should avoid northern and western Labrador, where the winter lasts six months from November to April. A more moderate option is southeast Labrador or the island of Newfoundland. Spring and summer are always welcomed and celebrated in this part of the world, even though they are generally cooler than most North Americans are used to, and an ethereal sea fog tends to meander along the coast year around. With the region’s volatility, the sun is always a beautiful sight and the sky is frequently a brilliant blue laid over with silver and white streaks of cloud.

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