Spring Weather Lore
Spring has sprung! And while most of us are familiar with “April showers bring May flowers,” there are many weather folklore sayings associated with spring, which is a season notorious for wild, crazy weather. Have you heard any of these?
- Is’t on St. Joseph’s day (19th) clear,
So follows a fertile year;
Is’t on St. Mary’s (25th) bright and clear,
Fertile is said to be the year.
- If it thunders on All Fool’s Day, it brings good crops of corn and hay.
- A cold May and a windy April, a full barn.
- March’ll search ye, April try ye; May’ll tell, whether live or die ye.
- If the oak is out before the ash then we are in for a splash;
But if the ash is out before the oak we are in for a soak.
- April cold and wet fills barn and barrel.
- When April blows its horn
Then it stands good with hay, rye, and corn.
- A cold and moist April fills the cellar and fattens the cow
- Hoar-frost on the 1st of May indicates a good harvest.
- A dry May and a leaking June
Make the farmer whistle a merry tune.
- Look at your corn in May,
And you’ll come sorrowing away;
Look at it again in June,
And you’ll come singing another tune.
- A dewy morning brings a good haying day.
- A heavy dew at night promises a good day to follow.
- If June is sunny, the harvest will come early.
- In June, when there is no dew, it indicates rain.
- A cold and wet June spoils the rest of the year.
- June, damp and warm, does a farmer no harm.
- A good rain in June sets all in tune.
And what’s spring without rain? These are the signs that foretell rain:
- Rain before 7 – clear before 11.
Rain after 7 – rain all day.
- If it rains on the first Sunday of the month, every Sunday except one usually will be wet.
- When the ants close up their hills, we will have rain in a day or two;
if the ant hills are open, it will continue to be fair.
- When leaves turn over, it’s a sign of rain.
- Variable wind indicates a coming storm.
- When robins call loudly and steadily, it will rain soon.
- Three foggy mornings and then a rain.
- No dew in the morning indicates rain.
- Low banks of haze in the south indicate rain.
- Step on a spider and it will surely bring rain.
- The louder the frog, the more the rain.
Heard of any other spring weather lore sayings? Share them with us!