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
If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
November, take flail; Let ships no more sail.
Lore Surrounding November Dates
As St. Catherine (November 25th) foul or fair, so will be the next February.
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 (November 11) stand on ice, they will walk in mud on Christmas.
If the leaves of the trees and grapevines do not fall before St. Martin’s Day (November 11), a cold winter may be expected.
As November 21st, so the winter.