Weather Lore - and more

As we are variously suffering random weather events at the moment, I thought it might be interesting to look at country sayings month by month regarding the weather.  In addition, there are other supposed "indicators" of good or bad weather. 

Hope it will be of interest - especially if we have regional variations!

So: to start it off, for May:

"A wet May brings a good load of hay" ie plenty of sunshine in June.  (Good - that means we should have something resembling a summer, then image)


"A cold May and a windy,
Makes a fat barn and a findy*"

*findy = good weight

Let's hope we don't have too much hot weather (doesnt seem likely, does it?) because:  "A hot May makes a fat churchyard"

Must be lots of other folklore out there .   .   .  



  • Here goes.

    "If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb."

    With March being such a changeable month in which we can see warm springlike temperatures or late snowstorms, you can understand how this saying may hold true in some instances.

    We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy, it will end warm & sunny...I suppose the key word is hope. image

  • LoreaLorea Posts: 81

    Two in Spanish (with translation, don't panic!):

    "En abril, aguas mil". In April, water by the thousand. (bit dodgy in translation, but you get the idea).

    "Hasta el 40 de mayo, no te quites el sayo". Until the 40th May, don't take off your  tunic. 

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Referring to trees coming into leaf: if the ash before the oak Then we're in for a soak If the oak before the ash Then we're in for a splash.
  • Shrinking VioletShrinking Violet Posts: 1,069

    David - here March came in like a lamb - and went out like one, too!  No idea what that means in weather lore (unless it's "and will be followed by lots of rain, wind, hail and thunder yet there still be a drought" image)

    Lorea:  thank goodness you translated:  suppose it's a bit like "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out" - though this can mean either the month or the flower.

    And figrat - I can't see the ash or the oak through the veils of rain.  Wonder what that means?  There is another rhyme which seems to contradict yours:  "If the ash before the oak, We shall have a summer of dust and smoke".   Hmmm. 

    Fascinating stuff. 

  • "The south wind brings wet weather...the north wind, wet & cold weather; the west wind always brings us rain...the east wind blows it back again".

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Locally, though I'm sure there are many regional similarities: If you can see Dartmoor, it's going to rain. If you can't see Dartmoor, it's raining.
  • LoreaLorea Posts: 81

    There's a general Spanish saying which I love:

    "Al mal tiempo, buena cara".   To the bad weather, good face.

    This is the 'grin and bear it' school of stoicism in the face of things we can't control. My good face, however, is starting to wear a little thin...image

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,553

    I've always thought Michael Flanders of Flanders and Swann got it just about right in his 'Song of the Weather:

    January brings the snow

    Makes your feet and fingers glow

    February's ice and sleet

    Freeze the toes right off your feet

    Welcome March with wintry wind

    Would thou wer't not so unkind

    April brings the sweet spring showers

    On and on for hours and hours

    Farmers fear unkindly May

    Frost by night and hail by day

    June just rains and never stops

    Thirty days and spoils the crops

    In July the sun is hot

    Is it shining? No, it's not

    August cold, and dank, and wet

    Brings more rain than any yet

    Bleak September's mist and mud

    Is enough to chill the blood

    Then October adds a gale

    Wind and slush and rain and hail

    Dark November brings the fog

    Should not do it to a dog

    Freezing wet December then:

    Bloody January again!

    Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland 🌞  
  • Very good, Brenda!

    I remember one from my school days.

    "First if friz

    then it snew

    then there came a wind that blew

    Then there came a shower of rain

    then it friz & snew again."

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,553

    LOL!  Excellent.  Just about sums it up, doesn't it?

    As we say up here in Aberdeenshire: 'If you don't like our weather, wait half an hour'.

    Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland 🌞  
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