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Will it rain for 40 days?

Will it rain for 40 days?

St. Swithin’s Day (July 15), if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain.
St. Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more.

Ever hear this weather lore? Saint Swithin lived in the ninth century and died as the Bishop of Winchester in 862. He was buried, according to his wishes, outside the walls of the church, “where the faithful could trod over him and the rain could fall and comfort him.”

Over a century later, in 971, after an expansion of the cathedral, his body was removed and placed within the church, contrary to his wishes. The story goes that on this day heavy rain stopped the priests in their work. They could not resume until the next day, but yet the rain continued. The rain kept falling for 40 days. Thus the saying.

26 comments

1 paula wilson { 07.16.14 at 4:37 pm }

I would love to see it rain for 40 days-fill up creeks, and lakes here in Dallas, TX area!! I remember in 75? July to end of August-rain didn’t let up!!

2 Donna Roberts { 07.15.14 at 8:10 pm }

Libra
We don’t need the rain. My pond is half way up in my back yard.

3 Snyder R { 07.15.14 at 6:36 pm }

We need the rain here in California we are in bad fought and water is shortage we in bad need of rain

4 Jennifer { 07.15.14 at 4:36 pm }

I wish. 40 days of rain is about the only thing that could but a dent in our drought here in CA

5 Cynthia Shelton { 07.15.14 at 3:25 pm }

Not raining in Eden NC Calling for some serious weather according to last forecast. Rain is a good thing!

6 Sherry { 07.15.14 at 2:44 pm }

Pouring in NC this afternoon

7 nancy bell { 07.15.14 at 2:37 pm }

Light rain falling all morning.. hope it keeps up at least a little. This would cure our drought for sure!

8 Kelly { 07.15.14 at 2:25 pm }

It is raining here in North Alabama….

9 Crystal { 07.15.14 at 2:03 pm }

We had a pretty good storm last night and it almost feels like September instead of July here in Western Arkansas! Rain is forecasted for every day this week with fall-like temps.

10 dpw { 07.15.14 at 1:52 pm }

It rains in Florida practically every day after 4pm. Personally I love the rain and would be pleased with 40 days of rain. Everyone should consider that a rainy season is ALWAYS better than a drought season.

11 HeyLea { 07.15.14 at 12:34 pm }

Raining in Houston, TX (we need some, but not 40 days!)

12 gina webb { 07.15.14 at 12:19 pm }

Gorgeous day in central kentucky. Cooler temps, light breeze and sunshine.

13 Sandy { 07.15.14 at 11:52 am }

Here in Mount Juliet,TN it is sunny and the humidity is starting to build. Guess we are going to be the unlucky Forty days of No Rain ~~ hmmmmmmm

14 Karen { 07.15.14 at 11:05 am }

Raining here in my backyard in Alabama. We need it. I love rain.

15 just me { 07.15.14 at 10:57 am }

rainin’ here in Ky.
guess switchin day got an early start here cause it’s been raining not only today but the last two days also

16 Debora Thomas { 07.15.14 at 10:56 am }

Raining in Abq NM and we need it. Started raining last night, we could use 40 days of rain.

17 Verna { 07.15.14 at 10:15 am }

We’re working on the 40 days here in Ga. No problem where I love:)

18 Emily { 07.15.14 at 9:54 am }

We had quite a thunderstorm this morning in NW PA… :( We’ve had so much rain our feet are webbing!

19 Amber { 07.15.14 at 9:37 am }

It has rained here every day just about since May. I’m in Georgia with the rain it has been sunny and muggy.

20 mars { 07.15.14 at 9:36 am }

Yep, plenty of rain this morn.

21 CindyMPeavey { 07.15.14 at 9:06 am }

It has rained here almost every day in Michigan, but thankful for the sunny days. I was thinking yesterday is it going to rain all summer.

22 Heather { 07.15.14 at 9:01 am }

Well…it’s pouring here in Nova Scotia!! Great!

23 Darlene { 07.15.14 at 8:52 am }

Wisconsin will get more rain!

24 Barb { 07.15.14 at 8:41 am }

Well here in West.Virginia I guess its going to rain for 40 more days then :/

25 Marilyn Culverson { 07.15.13 at 10:39 am }

Hmmmmm…Much of Texas is going to get more drought relief then they expected.!! We are already experiencing a heavy rain event for the next several days with flash flood watches…….Where is that tutorial on ark building?????

26 monica { 07.13.11 at 2:06 pm }

So does it mean that if it doesnt rain, it wont rain again for 40 days? Need to know if I should adjust the timer for watering. Thanks :D

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