Today I’ll be weather watching. As there are two trains of thought over what the weather means today, I thought I’d post early in the hope people would record their weather in the poll below. Then at the end of the day a winner can be declared (although I am already liking Team Brighton’s answer).
So here’s the craic. It’s thought that 10 March suffers from calendar change because there are two conflicting weather predictions connected with it. Courtesy of Steve Roud’s The English Year the first is:
Mists or hoar frosts on the 10th of March betoken a plentiful yearShepherd’s Kalendar, c.1680
And then there’s
If it does not freeze on the 10th of March, a fertile year may be expectedPeasant Speech of Devon, turn of C20th
With the calendar change happening in 1752.
Mind you, the above descriptions do sound a little win-win. So I’ve added a couple more poll categories just for balance.
So what weather are you having today? Given I’ve woken up to a fog, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some future plentifulness…
And if you’re feeling really chatty – let me know in the comments where you were when you recorded your weather!
UPDATE: It looks like the overwhelming weather reported today has been rain. Well, I’m going to spin that as not freezing, so hang on to your hats, things are going to get fecund…
Header: Michael Fish, credit: PA Wire
Roud, S. (2006) The English Year: A Month-By-Month Guide To The Nation’s Customs and Festivals, From May Day to Mischief Night, London, Penguin Books