Saturday, 19 January 2013

Snow lore

Here in Britain the icy white blanket of doom has began creeping over our fair land, grinding all public transport to a halt and essentially being annoyingly cold.

Like all weather, snow has some great predictive folklore behind it and The Farmer's Almanac has a nice list of them on their site.

Here are some of them:

  • Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry will cause snow to gather in a hurry.
  • As high as the weeds grow, so will the bank of snow.
  • A green Christmas = a white Easter.
  • If the first snowfall lands on unfrozen ground, winter will be mild.
  • If there is thunder in winter, it will snow seven days later.
  • See how high the hornet’s nest, ’twill tell how high the snow will rest
  • The higher muskrats’ holes are on the riverbank, the higher the snow will be.
  • A halo ’round the moon means ’twill rain or snow soon.

Newfoundland folklore states that snow in May is a cure for sore eyes, with people collecting it up when it fell and storing it for medicinal purposes.

Of course, there is also the wide spread western tradition of sculpting snow men when the snow is thick enough, traditionally decorating them with coal eyes and a carrot nose.

Do you know any folklore surrounding snow? If so, let me know in the comments.