CGP Community Stories

Harold W. Thompson, c.1940

Title

Harold W. Thompson, c.1940

Subject

Folklore, weather, Upstate New York

Description

Harold W. Thompson speaks about weather lore. He bases his lecture on his own collection of weather lore and an interview with J.J. Cassidy at the Albany Airport. Thompson discusses common weather rhymes, describing how these rhymes are either true or false for New York State weather. Thompson discusses both the weather of the state as well as the origin of the rhymes themselves.

Weather rhymes discussed:

“April showers bring May flowers.”
“In the morning: mountains. In the evening: fountains.”
“When the clouds do weave, ‘twill storm before the leave.”
“Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”
“A clear bright sky, a fleckless blue, breeds a storm within a day or two.”
“Rain before seven, clear before eleven.”
“If the moon shows like a silver shield, be not afraid to reap your field; but if she rises, halo ‘round, soon will we tread on deluged ground.”
“When the dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass. When the grass is dry at morning light, look for a rain before the night.”
“If there’s enough blue sky to make a Dutchman a pair of pants, the weather is going to clear up.”
“Mackerel sky, mackerel sky; three days wet and three days dry.”
“When the fog goes up the mountain, the rain comes down the mountain.”
“Onion skin, very thin: mild winter coming in. Onion skin, thick and tough: coming winter cold and rough.”

Creator

Harold W. Thompson

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York - College at Oneonta

Date

1940

Rights

New York State Historical Association Library, Cooperstown, NY

Format

audio/mpeg
7.15 mB

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

65-0052

Coverage

Upstate New York

Interviewee

Thompson, Harold W.

Location

Cooperstown, New York

Duration

08:58

Bit Rate/Frequency

128 kbps

Files

Citation

Harold W. Thompson, “Harold W. Thompson, c.1940,” CGP Community Stories, accessed October 18, 2017, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/20.