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Spring Weather Lore

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?

March

  • 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.

April

  • 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

May

  • 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.

June

  • 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!

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  • Ann says:

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

  • Sherry Higginbotham says:

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

  • Karen says:

    Wash your car and it will rain

  • jerry d robinson says:

    April showers bring May Flowers!

  • Lisa says:

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

  • Patricia Nash says:

    March always borrows 12 days of April.

  • Bob Herndon says:

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

  • Maybelle Sailor says:

    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.

  • Michaela Tousley says:

    A Mackerel sky is never long dry.

  • Bonnie says:

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

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