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July Lore

If you look up the word “lore” in the dictionary the official definition is “the body of knowledge, especially of a traditional, anecdotal, or popular nature, on a particular subject.” Here at the Farmers’ Almanac, we like lore – weather, gardening, flower, herb – all types, but weather lore is one of our favorites.

July is a month with some good weather lore. First off July 3rd marks the beginning of the  “dog days of summer.” The dog days of summer are the period between July 3 and August 11. It is during this time that the sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the Dog Star. It was once believed that due to the star’s position at this time of year that it somehow conspired with the sun to make the days hotter. Many people also believed that the hot days of the summer caused dogs to go mad, thus the name and the lore.

Other lore days in July include…

July 15 – St Swithin Day – if on St. Swithin’s Day ye do rain, for forty days it will remain.

July 25 – Puffy white clouds on this day foretells much snow in the coming winter.

July 26 – St. Anne’s day – Rain on St. Anne’s will continue for a month and a week.

And some other timely weather lore for July…

If the sky beyond the clouds is blue,
Be glad, there is a picnic for you.

When wind comes before rain,
Soon you may make sail again.

For I fear a hurricane;
Last night the moon had a golden ring,
And tonight no moon we see.

When the moon is in the north,
The skillful fisher goes not forth;
When the wind is in the east,
‘Tis good for neither man nor beast;
When the wind is in the south,
It blows the flies in the fish’s Mouth;
But when the win is in the west,
There is it the very best.

Got any other timely weather sayings you’d like to add? Share them here.

9 comments

1 Connie { 07.23.12 at 11:28 pm }

On July 25 the clouds in the sky are supposed to be “white puffy clouds” to determine how much snow we will be receiving. What if the clouds aren’t “white puffy clouds”? What if they are dark rain clouds (I could hope). Does the weather lore still hold true?

2 Naince { 07.20.12 at 9:13 am }

I have heard many of these sayings in my lifetime from my grandmother and my mother. The one I am paying most attention to now is the dog days saying….if it rains on the first day of dog days it will rain everyday for 30 days….I’ve watched it over the years and it is true.

3 anitesky { 07.12.12 at 11:46 am }

In Texas when we see the katydids, it means the first mosquitoes will follow.

4 Lyn { 07.06.12 at 6:50 am }

If there are LOTS of wooly caterpillars – foretelling of a harse winter. This panned out a few years ago in Colorado. We had LOTS of snow where we normally don’t have that much and for that long…..there were many of those little critters in the fall!

5 Bob Herndon { 07.04.12 at 10:13 am }

When you see the first Katydid, mark the date. It will be 90 days until the first frost. (I have seen it over the last 30 years have remarkable accuracy. Sometimes it would be a cold snap without actual frost, but most of the time there was frost.)

6 TLM { 07.03.12 at 1:23 pm }

When the wind is in the east,
‘Tis neither good for man or beast;
When the wind is in the north,
The skillful fisher goes not forth;
When the wind is in the south,
It blows the bait in the fishes’ mouth;
When the wind is in the west,
Then tis at it’s very best.

7 Myrna { 07.03.12 at 12:49 pm }

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

8 Farada Nagel { 07.03.12 at 10:15 am }

Red clouds in the morning, sailor take warning.

9 Frutero { 07.06.11 at 1:25 pm }

The first full moon in the sign of Cancer is variously known as the Melon Moon or the Thunder Moon, and if it comes late here, it is said to foretell a late rainy season. The first full moon of Leo sometimes falls in July. That moon is known locally as the Hurricane Moon, because, although the official start of the hurricane season is June 1, it is rare for a hurricane to menace Florida before this moon is in the sky.

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