It’s a wet and cold day in Brockenhurst today. Everyone is saying Oh it’s global warming but I’m not sure it is in this instance. Why? I hear you ask. Well, I remember incredibly cold weather and even snow in April and May. Is this the advantage of being older?!
Weather is our Conversational ice-breaker
I’m also aware of the importance of weather as a topic of conversation! Not just here in the UK, where weather is always bemoaned as being too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry or just too, but in most other countries as well.
The Lore of Weather
We’re not in April yet and the old saying is that March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb. Not really a forecast, but I do remember it used to be true(ish). Of 17th Century origin, it is a piece of lore passed down for 400 years or so, as are
□ As it rains in March, so it rains in June.
□ March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.
Most of these began at the same time and were especially popular with Farmers who were hoping (the operative word being hope), for weather that would give them full barns and fat animals.
Really, most of the old adages came about because of farming and the regularity of the seasons. Then … not now so much.
Where to find more …
Anyway, if you’re interested in learning (and seeing if the facts coincide with your memory!), about the history of weather and why we use the old adages we use, I have found The Essential Book of Weather Lore from Readers Digest, Featuring helpful tips for amateur forecasters on how to predict the weather, an entertaining compilation of timeless weather folklore, trivia, facts, wisdom, and records is organized into sections that cover Months, Seasons, and Climate; Cold Spells, Snow, and Hail; Sunshine, Heat-waves, and Droughts; Cloud, Rain, and Flood; and Storm, Wind, and Tornadoes.
Kindle: if you travel and don’t want destroy your spine!
Unfortunately, although there are a lot of books available that provide lists of weather sayings, their origins and meaning, none of them seem to be on Kindle. Travelling as I do, I recommend kindle as being ideal if you like to read books. The problem with real books is that they weigh so much. Save your back and get a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader ! Of course, if you don’t have a Kindle already, you can get a Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa which does almost everything except give you a pedicure and is a great price.
This may seem like a complete non-sequitur from the usual run of articles I write, but I thought it worth-while … we Do talk about the weather a lot …
Just in case someone starts to harangue me on the topic of global warming, this is not about global warming! Far too big a topic for a little article like this … But, I shall be elaborating on the various book reading electronic gizmos that are available to save our bodies but still provide the reading enjoyment we look for … and, like the rest of you, I shall still be talking about the you-know-what!