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 Farmers’ Almanac, we like lore of all types — weather, gardening, flower, herb — but weather lore is one of our favorites. July weather lore is especially interesting.
July Weather Lore
July is a month with some good weather lore. First, July 3rd marks the beginning of the “Dog Days of Summer,” the period between July 3rd and August 11th when 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. But there are many more sayings.
Have you heard any of these?
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.
Farmer’s crop lore: Corn should be
Knee high by the 4th of July
Other July Weather Lore:
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.
Know any other weather lore sayings associated with July? Share them with us here.