Thursday, January 20, 2011

Did you know about St. Vincent's day?

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.


1 comment:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Cool info that I had no idea about, Cita Bow Bita. Where do you find all this cool stuff to talk about? Not at the bottom of a diaper like I look at several days a week... kidding !~! Your 12 degrees looks cold and snowy from here where we shoot for the high 60’s this afternoon. Missing your smile.

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