Woke up to a chilly 52 this AM !
As one of the Ancient Ones, I remember …
Old time folklore the first twelve days of january represent the months of the years – if the first is wet – January will be wet- etc.
Another one is about counting the fogs in August-the number of fogs is the number of snows the winter will bring.
We got into a deep discussion of weather patterns yesterday. I had to add my two cents worth here .
We are seeing a lot of changes. But I can remember seasons like this – Dad used to say we had three weather cycles- a three year one, a seven year one and a forty year one.
Things will stay about the same for roughly three years-rain patterns repeat about every seven years and seasonal shifts make the rounds about every forty years. in looking back – I actually was shocked to see – I think he was right !!!
Our traditional Pattern here was a couple of fair weeks early in January , then all *** would break loose- the worst of our weather usually through about the last week of February- when we would have an open spell- I usually turned garden then and pur out the early things- peas, broccoli, a small amount of lettuce – might even risk a small planting of sweet corn..It would turn bad again and then when it got better the early garden would be up and doing well.
Late March , early April it would fair up again – then storms come in – May usually was rainey and flood time- June would be hot then we’d have Fourth of July lightening and thunderstorms–
August was dry – the creeks would start to drop , springs would get iffy- and the heat and humidity would be horrible- September would be hot and dry . October would start getting rainey- another of heavy floods – and cold- I remember bundling up most Halloweens!
Then we’d get an indian summer through November. Thanksgiving time there was usually a snow and cold snap – then clearing off until Christmas. On the mountain we always had a snow – at least a flurry ,Christmas night- then clear until about week in January.
It seems like now we have the same progression , but it has shifted by about 3-4 weeks later in the year…
A lot of our weather here in the ozarks seems to depend on where the jet stream falls as well. Our storms are usually right on the edge of it. The years the edge of the jet stream drift down toward Little Rock we have snow- if it lands directly over us , we get the intense ice storms. It also affects our rainfall – the stroms follow the edges of the front- if it swings north of us – we are dry ..
Weather is always a topic of converstaion in the country – try it sometime !