15 July 2015

On This Day: St Swithin’s Day


Today is St Swithin’s Day. To be honest, I have never heard of this day before reading the 15 July 1880 issue of the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. Apparently the weather today was a predictor for the weather for the next 40 days.

In 1880 there was “a glorious rain” in the morning with several showers thereafter. That led the forecast for the next 40 days to be “a good wet spell.” 

This morning I awoke to a good pouring and thunder and flood warnings. If that old saying holds, we might see dry land by the time the kids go back to school. 

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 15 July 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

Image: from Irish-calling.com

 

On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.