While I sit here in NJ complaining about “boring weather,” I’m sure people on the West Coast are hoping for some “boring conditions.” They have been inundated with flooding rains, mountain snows, and damaging winds. Yes it’s been raining cats and dogs for quite some time.
Have you ever wondered where or why we say, “it’s raining casts and dog?” According to the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac, there are a few theories on the origin of this weather-related saying.
One relates it to northern mythology, which associated felines and canines with wind and rain. During this time, dogs were often pictured as the attendants of Odin, the storm god, and cats were believed to cause storms.
Another theory points to seventeenth-century England, when during heavy rains some city streets became raging rivers of filth carrying many drowned cats and dogs.
But the truth appears to be more mundane. Cats and dogs make a lot of noise when they fight (hence, fighting like cats and dogs), so they have become a metaphor for a noisy rain.
Whatever the reason is sure to be careful driving in these terrible conditions. Check out our must-read driving tips for wet, rainy roads, and I’ll do my best to send some boring conditions westward!