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Weather Lore & Superstitions

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:44 am

By Bamby (Bamby) on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 02:43 pm:

Louise,
Boredom has led to googling and I found these websites that that I hope you may interest in. There’s shed-loads out there! But these are some of the more interesting ones I found.

http://vathena.arc.nasa.gov/curric/weat ... ktale.html

http://www.tooter4kids.com/weather/weatherfolklore.html

http://www.moonsmuses.com/weatherlore.html

http://www.logicsouth.com/~lcoble/bible/wet-her.html

I’ve also got a superstition encyclopaedia I’m gonna have a butcher’s at, you’ve got me interested now…

Love Bamby
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Re: Weather Lore & Superstitions

PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:44 am

By Louise (Louise) on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 08:38 pm:

Wow, you saved me a job then Bamby!! Well I'm a great believer that most of our superstitions are steeped in witchery & paganism!

MACKEREL SKY, MACKEREL SKY,
NEVER LONG WET,
NEVER LONG DRY.

I'll have a dredge!
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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:45 am

By Merissa (Merissa) on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 12:49 pm:

Louise - what on earth is a mackerel sky? Sounds good but I'm completely in the dark as to the description.

HELP

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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:45 am

By Bonnie (Bonnie) on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 04:16 pm:

We get a lot of mackerel skies in Michigan from the Great Lakes. It's when the full-overcast clouds form a rippled effect that looks like layered fish scales or ripples, or the under belly of a mackerel (not that I've ever inspected the fish to make a comparison).
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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:45 am

By Merissa (Merissa) on Saturday, April 23, 2005 - 05:35 pm:

Thanks for the explanation Bonnie. It makes more sense now!

I've got one for you: "Ne'er cast a clout until May is out".

I know "May" is the Hawthorn blossom but what is a clout? I've had a look online and it's everything from old clothing to a cricket term.

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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:46 am

By Viridis (Viridis) on Saturday, April 23, 2005 - 08:47 pm:

It's a vest, Merissa - ie don't take it off till the end of May...
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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:46 am

By Merissa (Merissa) on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 09:00 am:

Now there is another variation then - all the one's that I had read said that the "May" part of the verse was actually referring to the blossom of the Hawthorn - the May flower.

So many different versions - and I bet way back when they were in common usage, no one would have thought that they would still be in use today.

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By Hearthfire (Hearthfire) on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 10:56 am:

Surely everyone must know this one:

Red sky at night, shepherds delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.

That's my sheepish contribution!

Hearthfire J
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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:47 am

By Bamby (Bamby) on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 12:54 pm:

Just found this one:

Rain, rain go away,
Come again another day.
When I brew and when I bake,
I'll give you a little cake.

Apparently you are offering the rain-spirit a bribe. The first half is familiar to me (& probably everyone) but I'd never heard the second half before.

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PostAuthor: TheWiseHedgewitch » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:47 am

By Rowan (Rowan) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 07:26 pm:

If there's enough blue sky to make a pair of sailor's trousers, then the rain will soon clear up.bb
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