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Spring Weather Lore and More!

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Spring Weather Lore and More!

Spring has sprung! And while most of us are familiar with “April showers bring May flowers,” there are many other weather folklore sayings associated with spring, which is notorious for wild, crazy weather. Have you heard any of these?

April

  • If it thunders on All Fool’s Day, it brings good crops of corn and hay.
  • A cold May and a windy April, a full barn.
  • March’ll search ye, April try ye; May’ll tell, whether live or die ye.
  • If the oak is out before the ash then we are in for a splash;
    But if the ash is out before the oak we are in for a soak.
  • April cold and wet fills barn and barrel.
  • When April blows its horn
    Then it stands good with hay, rye, and corn.
  • A cold and moist April fills the cellar and fattens the cow

May

  • Hoar-frost on the 1st of May indicates a good harvest.
  • A dry May and a leaking June
    Make the farmer whistle a merry tune.
  • Look at your corn in May,
    And you’ll come sorrowing away;
    Look at it again in June,
    And you’ll come singing another tune.
  • A windy May makes a fair year.
  • A dewy morning brings a good haying day.
  • A heavy dew at night promises a good day to follow.

And what’s spring without rain? These are the signs that foretell rain:

  • Rain before 7 – clear before 11.
    Rain after 7 – rain all day.
  • If it rains on the first Sunday of the month, every Sunday except one usually will be wet.
  • When the ants close up their hills, we will have rain in a day or two;
    if the ant hills are open, it will continue to be fair.
  • When leaves turn over, it’s a sign of rain.
  • Variable wind indicates a coming storm.
  • When robins call loudly and steadily, it will rain soon.
  • Three foggy mornings and then a rain.
  • No dew in the morning indicates rain.
  • Low banks of haze in the south indicate rain.
  • Step on a spider and it will surely bring rain.
  • The louder the frog, the more the rain.

And watch for these signs that also mean rain is on the way:

  • Bees staying close to their hives.
  • Swallows flying close to the ground.
  • Flies and gnats biting in vain.
  • Birds staying perched on telephone wires.
  • Your corn or badly-healed broken bone talks to you.
  • Sound traveling far and wide.
  • A cow scratching its ear.
  • Leaves showing their backs.
  • Sheep collecting and huddling.
  • A large halo ‘round the moon.

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7 comments

1 jerry d robinson { 04.25.17 at 6:39 pm }

April showers bring May Flowers!

2 Lisa { 04.13.17 at 1:53 pm }

If it rains on Easter Sunday it will rain seven Sunday’s in a row immediately following Easter.

3 Patricia Nash { 04.13.17 at 12:39 pm }

March always borrows 12 days of April.

4 Bob Herndon { 04.12.17 at 5:23 pm }

I heard growing up: “A dry June will scare you to death and a wet June will starve you to death.”

5 Maybelle Sailor { 04.12.17 at 9:42 am }

Some of these are familiar to me as I heard them from my grandmother. Wish I had put
pen to paper when she said them as now my memory doesn’t serve me well.

6 Michaela Tousley { 04.12.17 at 8:10 am }

A Mackerel sky is never long dry.

7 Bonnie { 04.12.17 at 7:42 am }

My grandpa always said there would be 3 cold rains in May before Mother’s Day

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