Old Timers Weather Predictions

January 22, 2010

A number of years ago, an old timer told us that there will be rain six months following a hoarfrost.  So a few years back, we started paying close attention to when the hoar frosts occurred, and flipping the calendar six months ahead to see when we could expect rains.  Interestingly, most of the time it does rain within a day or two of the date we marked ‘hoarfrost six months ago’.  And if we had many days of hoar frosts in a row, we can almost count on as many days of rainy weather later on.

Last week we had four days in a row of beautiful hoarfrosts, and this week two days, so it looks like a rainy spell in mid-July, which is perfect for the crops and gardens, and a reminder that we should have all the cultivating done before then.  Our last two summers have been exceptionally dry, so any hint of moisture, even by old timers predictions, gives hope for the upcoming growing season.

Check back in six months to see if the old timer was right………


5 Responses to “Old Timers Weather Predictions”

  1. Sue Says:

    I haven’t heard that one before but my mother says that 6 months from the first time you hear thunder, it will freeze. Since she said that I have paid more attention and it can thunder awfully early in the spring, even without a full blown storm.

    • 33barefootlane Says:

      Another interesting weather sign to watch for! Thanks for sharing this Sue, I’ll be listening for the first thunder this Spring. Cheryl

  2. Catalina Says:

    Beautiful picture!
    Well, that hoarfrost idea would help to plan for summer garden parties!

  3. Hmmm…I recieved a farmers almanac this year for x-mas and I definitely have that “wait and see” feeling about their “weather” advice…similar to your “old timer” advice:)

  4. Mindijo Says:

    That’s really cool! And the picture is beautiful.

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