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Forecasting with Ember Days

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Joined: 2009-08-07

"Michael Moore 2" had asked:

Since I was a child I can remember the old folks speaking of "ruling days". Obviously these are the days of the month that according to legend rule the months weather patterns. How true or accurate is this legend and if accurate, where can I find the ruling days in the almanac?

One answer might be:
A weather proverb that says the last 12 days of January foretell the coming year.

Another is:

The Almanac lists "Ember Days". They are religious, but then I think we all know about the church's habit of laying over their holiday onto a folk holiday, which may very well make them astrological.

They happen even quarter-year, there are 3 days which rule the weather for each of the 3 following months.

I've tracked these over the last 2 years and have to say that it is pretty accurate.

The Ember Days are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays following:

First Sunday in Lent -- March 01

Whitsunday-Pentacost [movable holiday] -- for 2009, May 31

Feast of the Holy Cross -- Sept. 14

Feast of St. Lucia -- Dec. 13

SO, for the last quarter of 2009, the Wednesday after Sept. 14 predicts October, then Friday does November, and Saturday does December.

...(compliments of The Old Farmer's Almanac)...

I observe the weather of the daytime and break it into 3rd's to apply to the entire month.

It has been a useful guideline for me. Anyone else track them?

Joined: 2009-08-07
Thanks, great help!

Thanks, great help!

Daniel W Brown
enber day forecasting

My Dad used to track the Emb er days weather, but he never taught me how to follow it. How do you track the three time of each ember day for its appropriate month?

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