Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Chilly Saints...!

Here's a little bit of weather lore you may not know.

I'm glad to find this out, because I was starting to believe that this was a new weather pattern. I don't know if I'm more comfortable knowing it's been around a while, but I think I am!

Mother Nature certainly has her own way of doing things...and a lot of those ways are still a mystery to us today.

Spring may be in full swing, but May 11, 12, and 13 often revert to the colder days of winter, according to weather lore.

The Three Chilly Saints—Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais (also called Mammertius, Pancratius, and Gervatius or Servatius)—often celebrated their feast days during a cold snap. Some called them the Ice Saints or Frost Saints, and many farmers held off planting until after the Three Chilly Saints’ days had passed.

Germans knew these days as the Icemen Days, and both the English and French watched for a late frost at around this time. St. Boniface (May 14) and the chilly “blackthorn winds” were sometimes associated with them, too.

St. Pancras Day [May 12] never passes without frost.

I'm thankful to the Farmer's Almanac for this little bit of weather lore! They are always a good, reliable source of all kinds of information!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and try the patio for a bit! We may have to move inside, but we can start here with a view of the garden!


Mechanic in Illinois said...

Great lesson about the weather. I'm heading for Charlotte NC to attend the NRA convention. I'll talk to you on monday. Thanks for another great lesson.

Anonymous said...

At first, I thought you were talking about St. Jalapeno, St Habenero and someone I didn't know. LOL.
Reckon the Chili Saints are different here in Texas due to our longer growing season.
I'll bring the fresh turnovers to go with the coffee.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
hope you have a good time at the convention. I've never been to one!

See you when you get back...and I appreciate you dropping by today!

Hey YOF...
Fresh turnovers sound like a good deal today!

I haven't researched it, but it does seem as though we should have some weather dy named after all our peppers, doesn't it?

That's one good thing about the south...our longer growing season!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

JoJo said...

Good Mornin My Special One,
Glad you cleared up this weather change for me today. It is a little nippy this morning. But thats OK I like it better than the heat and I hope this cooler weather holds out until I leave. Of course it is really cold in the moutains but that ok too. 8-)
Turnovers and coffee sounds good I better go grind some beans for the coffee this morning on the patio.
and this is my secong attempt to comment this morning.

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
I'm certainly happy to pass this along to you! It may just be cuddling weather in the mountains when you get there!

Bring on those fresh ground coffee beans, girl! We can always use 'em!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Kyddryn said...

Hmm...neat stuff, Mister Hermit, sir...but I don't think we'll be having a frost here at Casa de Crazy - it's already in the seventies, climbing to the eighties!

Shade and Sweetwater,

HermitJim said...

Hey K...
Likewise here! We usually get our last frost around Easter, but just a touch of cooler weather on the "Chilly Saint's" days.

As long as the plants don't mind, then why should I?

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Felinae said...

Thanks for the weather info. :)

I don't think we'll be getting anymore frost out this way.

Right now as I type, it is 60 with clear skies. We're supposed to reach a high of 81 today. Which is not too bad. :)

Have a wonderful day!

HermitJim said...

Hey Felinae...
I'm thinking that this frost thing is one of those "someone, somewhere" things, ya know?

We are pretty much past the frost thing as well. In fact, I have tomatoes and cukes and squash doing just fine in the garden and containers!

Supposed to get back up close to 90 here today, so definitely no frost!

Hey, thanks for coming by today, my friend!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I just read an interesting article in Astronomy magazine about our sun. Seems it is late getting started on its 11 year cycle. It is now at minimum. The longest minimum in recorded history was from 1645 to 1715. If you check your history, that period was also known as "the little ice age".

Our nearest star has more to do with our weather and climate than we humans do. Just think, if it stays at a minimum for awhile, it will reverse the so called global warming. What do you think?

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy Dick...
I don't know much about it, but I have to admit that it makes perfect sense to me!

I saw a program her while back on the History channel about the little ice age...interesting!

The Houston Chronicle said that forecasters are predicting a more than usual hurricane season this year...and that also seems logical. Probably also affected by the sun!

Thanks for the information and for coming by today!

Tatersmama said...

Hey, this is great to know! I tried so hard to find a Farmer's Almanac while we were in the States, but sadly, I never did find one. :(
There's nothing like it here in Oz, but I figured I could just use it backwards... you know? Besides that, there's some great reading in there!

xox-Missi Mi-xox said...

The coffee is always fresh and something interesting to read ... the 2 things I love about stopping by .... I do know I need to comment more so you know I'm still around and thinkn of you. Rug up, stay warm and keep smiling :-)

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