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Book of Weather Lore: May

May 7, 2014

Rains coming in over a local field

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Some people rely more on weather lore than the weatherman. Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Book of Weather Lore. 

Do you believe in this age-old lore? Share your thoughts—and any lore that comes to mind—in the comments below.

Book of Weather Lore: May

Dry May, wet June.

Cold, wet May,
Barn full of hay.

A cold May and a windy
Makes a barn full and findy.
(“Findy” means plentiful and substantial.)

A May flood never did anyone good.

Cold weather always falls on May 11, 12, and 13.

St. Pancras Day (May 12) never passes without frost.

More Weather Lore:

When a cat washes her face over her ear,
’Tis a sign the weather will be fine and clear.

Clouds moving in opposite directions mean rain in about 12 hours.

When apple blossoms bloom at night,
For 15 days no rain in sight.
 

For more weather-related fun, check out our weather collection on almanac.com and don't forget to get yourself a copy of The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac!

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I love the weather folklore

By David Ragion

I love the weather folklore provided by the almanac.

in regard to the three chilly saints....as long as I have been paying attention, there has been a frost during this period and I usually wait for them to pass before getting too far into my plantings for the year.

this year looks like the exception, the long term forecast looks quite warm.

When ants build a wall around

By Joyce McCarthy

When ants build a wall around the entrance to their hole, it's going to rain.

When the leaves on the trees turn upside-down, it's going to rain.

I, too, have heard of the

By JessieRose

I, too, have heard of the leaves turning upside down when rain is imminent.

If there is no dew on the

By Marti Criswell

If there is no dew on the grass, chance of rain that day.

Blackberry Winter: It will be colder than average when the blackberries bloom.

If it thunders in February

By CARRIE SALYERS

If it thunders in February ,it will frost that date in May.
If it rains the first three days of June, the black berries will to puny .

More weather lore: "The

By Eddie Masters

More weather lore:

"The weather on Easter foretells the weather on Whitsunday (Pentecost.)"

"If the geese at Martin’s Day (November 11) stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas."

My grandmother, born on

By JessieRose

My grandmother, born on Georgia farm in 1901, always said "if the cows are lying down, it's going to rain".

Oh yes, if the cows are

By Retter

Oh yes, if the cows are laying down it is indeed going to rain

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