I know many folks don't hold much with telling weather using Folk Lore, but I figure it never hurts to cover all the bases.
Besides, the local weather guys don't do all that well...if you know what I mean! All of the modern equipment, all the images from space, all the computer models and they still only get it right about 50% of the time!
I'm using the Old Farmer's Almanac because their record, using folk lore and old time methods, is nearly just as good! Besides, it's a lot more fun using the Almanac! Things being what they are now days, I'll take my fun whenever and where ever I can!
It would be nice to live in a place where we had some fall, but here on the coast we usually go from Summer one day... straight into Winter the next. The joys of Texas weather!
Ember DaysThe Almanac traditionally marks the four periods formerly observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches for prayer, fasting, and the ordination of clergy.
These Ember Days are the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays that follow in succession after (1) the First Sunday in Lent; (2) Whitsunday–Pentecost; (3) the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14; and (4) the Feast of St. Lucia, December 13. The word ember is perhaps a corruption of the Latin quatuor tempora, "four times."
Folklore has it that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months; that is, for September’s Ember Days, Wednesday forecasts weather for October, Friday for November, and Saturday for December.
Now you know what the Ember Days are! Wasn't that a lot more fun than watching some boring ol' weather guy on television? Ya know, if you go on over to their website, you can get a hard copy of the almanac to hold and read while the Winter winds are blowing...or when you just need some reading material for the "Library"! You know where I mean, right?
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit!