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!