NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. VII, No. 1, Spring 1951
YORK STATE FARM LORE
Selected, edited, and written by Edith E. Cutting
“It’ll be a nice day tomorrow if it don’t rain” is characteristic
of many a farmer’s outlook on the weather—something to be considered, foreseen if possible, but with too many variations to permit planning far ahead. Nevertheless, they keep trying to outguess
it. The accuracy of many of their sayings may be verified
scientifically. Others seem to be based entirely on coincidence or
false reasoning. Some may be true in one place but not in another.
Rain is one of the most important types of weather to be
considered, especially in haying and harvesting time. An alert
farmer, consequently, noticed the peculiarities of the daily
weather and interpreted them in the light of his own experience,
the weather lore of his neighbors, and that of preceding generations.
When there’s a ring around the moon,
is a saying based on the appearance of the moon shining through clouds. A similar explanation accounts for the saying,
Rain is coming soon
If the sun goes pale to bed,
’Twill rain tomorrow, it is said,
If the sun rises early, goes to bed soon,
Storm before night if not before noon.
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