Saturday (January 22) is St. Vincent’s Day, the inspiration for much weather lore. On the feast day of this patron of both winemakers and drunkards, no vines could be pruned.
A sunny day signifies “more wine than water” and means that the sap might begin to rise in the branches. Frost on this day presages a delayed crop, whether for wine or rye.
While not as scientific, weather proverbs often contain a kernel of truth! Keep in mind:
Fog in January brings a wet spring.
If grass grows in January, it will grow badly the whole year.
He that drops a coat on a winter day, / Will gladly put it on in May.
Remember on St. Vincent’s Day,
If that the Sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark the transient beam—
Which through the casement sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear
Of prosperous weather all the year.
Little old me...
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