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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.

There’s lots more June weather lore sayings here!

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!


1 Lee Palatin { 03.21.19 at 7:24 pm }

My parents made book on these for their spring planting and from what I remember, we always had great gardens and harvests! Guess the great outdoors runs in the family!

2 Connie Wilson { 03.20.19 at 9:43 am }

When the leaves on the pecan trees are as big as a squirrel’s ear, there will be no more frost

3 Ann { 03.20.19 at 8:48 am }

My Dad said; “When hornets build their nests near the ground, expect a cold and early winter.”

4 Sherry Higginbotham { 03.19.18 at 6:47 pm }

I heard that there are 3 winter spells before summer, endogwood winter, blackberry winter and linen breeches winter. It this correct?

5 Karen { 04.26.17 at 9:35 am }

Wash your car and it will rain

6 jerry d robinson { 04.25.17 at 6:39 pm }

April showers bring May Flowers!

7 Lisa { 04.13.17 at 1:53 pm }

If it rains on Easter Sunday it will rain seven Sunday’s in a row immediately following Easter.

8 Patricia Nash { 04.13.17 at 12:39 pm }

March always borrows 12 days of April.

9 Bob Herndon { 04.12.17 at 5:23 pm }

I heard growing up: “A dry June will scare you to death and a wet June will starve you to death.”

10 Maybelle Sailor { 04.12.17 at 9:42 am }

Some of these are familiar to me as I heard them from my grandmother. Wish I had put
pen to paper when she said them as now my memory doesn’t serve me well.

11 Michaela Tousley { 04.12.17 at 8:10 am }

A Mackerel sky is never long dry.

12 Bonnie { 04.12.17 at 7:42 am }

My grandpa always said there would be 3 cold rains in May before Mother’s Day

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