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As we are variously suffering random weather events at the moment, I thought it might be interesting to look at country sayings month by month regarding the weather. In addition, there are other supposed "indicators" of good or bad weather.
Hope it will be of interest - especially if we have regional variations!
So: to start it off, for May:
"A wet May brings a good load of hay" ie plenty of sunshine in June. (Good - that means we should have something resembling a summer, then )
"A cold May and a windy,Makes a fat barn and a findy*"
*findy = good weight
Let's hope we don't have too much hot weather (doesnt seem likely, does it?) because: "A hot May makes a fat churchyard"
Must be lots of other folklore out there . . .
"If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb."
With March being such a changeable month in which we can see warm springlike temperatures or late snowstorms, you can understand how this saying may hold true in some instances.
We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy, it will end warm & sunny...I suppose the key word is hope.
Two in Spanish (with translation, don't panic!):
"En abril, aguas mil". In April, water by the thousand. (bit dodgy in translation, but you get the idea).
"Hasta el 40 de mayo, no te quites el sayo". Until the 40th May, don't take off your tunic.
David - here March came in like a lamb - and went out like one, too! No idea what that means in weather lore (unless it's "and will be followed by lots of rain, wind, hail and thunder yet there still be a drought" )
Lorea: thank goodness you translated: suppose it's a bit like "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out" - though this can mean either the month or the flower.
And figrat - I can't see the ash or the oak through the veils of rain. Wonder what that means? There is another rhyme which seems to contradict yours: "If the ash before the oak, We shall have a summer of dust and smoke". Hmmm.
"The south wind brings wet weather...the north wind, wet & cold weather; the west wind always brings us rain...the east wind blows it back again".
There's a general Spanish saying which I love:
"Al mal tiempo, buena cara". To the bad weather, good face.
This is the 'grin and bear it' school of stoicism in the face of things we can't control. My good face, however, is starting to wear a little thin...
I've always thought Michael Flanders of Flanders and Swann got it just about right in his 'Song of the Weather: January brings the snow
Makes your feet and fingers glow
February's ice and sleet
Freeze the toes right off your feet
Welcome March with wintry wind
Would thou wer't not so unkind
April brings the sweet spring showers
On and on for hours and hours
Farmers fear unkindly May
Frost by night and hail by day
June just rains and never stops
Thirty days and spoils the crops
In July the sun is hot
Is it shining? No, it's not
August cold, and dank, and wet
Brings more rain than any yet
Bleak September's mist and mud
Is enough to chill the blood
Then October adds a gale
Wind and slush and rain and hail
Dark November brings the fog
Should not do it to a dog
Freezing wet December then:
Bloody January again!
Very good, Brenda!
I remember one from my school days.
"First if friz
then it snew
then there came a wind that blew
Then there came a shower of rain
then it friz & snew again."
LOL! Excellent. Just about sums it up, doesn't it?
As we say up here in Aberdeenshire: 'If you don't like our weather, wait half an hour'.
BrendaScott53 wrote (see)
LOL! Excellent. Just about sums it up, doesn't it? As we say up here in Aberdeenshire: 'If you don't like our weather, wait half an hour'.
Whoops...sorry for the typo, please read 'First it friz'...just missed the edit deadline.
This is one I've found to be fairly accurate over the years:
'Rain before 7, fine before 11'.