Weather folklore exists for every part of the year, and for nearly every type of weather phenomenon. The month of November is very much known as a transition month, as fall blends into winter. Leaves have left the trees and nature prepares for cold. Did our ancestors watch for signs in November?
We scoured our folklore archives to find weather lore associated with November and Thanksgiving and here’s what we found. Have you heard any of these?
November Weather Lore
- As St. Catherine (November 25th) foul or fair, so will be the next February.
- As November, so the following March.
- Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come.
- Flowers in bloom late in autumn indicate a bad winter.
- November, take flail; Let ships no more sail.
- If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, There will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
- If we don’t get our Indian summer in October or November, we will get it in winter.
- If St. Martin’s Day (November 11th)is fair, dry, and cold, the cold in winter will not last long.
- If the geese on St. Martin’s day stand on ice, they will walk in mud on Christmas.
- If the leaves of the trees and grape vines do not fall before St. Martin’s day, a cold winter may be expected.
- As November 21st, so the winter.
- When in November the water rises, it will show itself the whole winter.
- When the winter is not early it will not be late.
- December changeable and mild, The whole winter will remain a child.
- Lengthened winter and tardy spring are both good for hay and grain, but bad for corn and garden.
- A wet fall indicates a cold and early winter.