Book of Weather Lore: May

July 20, 2017
Rainclouds over Farm Field

Rains coming in over a local field

Claudia Gregoire

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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 and don't forget to get yourself a copy of The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac!

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