History Articles - We'll Weather The Weather

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles (my last) is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required

"We'll Weather The Weather"

I do not know if it is down to climate change or not but our weather patterns in recent years have proved so unpredictable. Accurate forecasting is quite a challenge. I read this amusing quote which sums it up very well: ‘The trouble with weather forecasting is that it is right too often for us to ignore and wrong too often for us to rely on.’

With all this uncertainty around I have decided, for my final history article, to take a light-hearted look at weather folklore. A rhyme handed down from generation to generation was a good way to share and remember knowledge (especially in the days before literacy was widespread) so maybe some of the old weather sayings are not as fanciful as we may first think.


Acklington last December
was covered in deep snow.
They say; “most likely same again”
but do they really know?

Forecasters are warning
of a harsh winter ahead
But perhaps we can learn
from other ways instead.

We live in a high-tech world
with super technology
Yet next week’s weather
remains a mystery.

So let’s look back in time,
to the historical old folklore.
How was weather predicted then
in the good old days of yore?

They didn’t have satellites
or computers way back yonder
But were their predictions less reliable?
…..here are a few to ponder.


‘Fog in January brings a wet spring.’
‘Wet your feet with dew in the morning, you’ll keep them dry for the rest of the day.’

‘When a cat lies in the sun in February she will creep behind the stove in March.’

‘If March arrives like a lamb, it will leave like a lion.’

‘Till April’s dead change not a thread.’
‘When pigs carry straw to their sties, expect bad weather.’

‘A cold May gives full barns and empty churchyards.’
‘Those who bathe in May will soon be under clay.’

‘Those who bathe in June bathe a bit too soon.’
‘A good leak in June sets all in tune.’

‘St Swithin’s Day (July 14), if thou dost rain - for 40 days it will remain,
St Swithin’s day if it be fair - for 40 days twill rain nae mair.’

‘If St Bartholomew (August 24) be clear, a prosperous autumn comes that year.’
‘When it rains in August it rains honey and wine.’

‘If Michaelmas (Sep 29) showers us with acorns, Christmas will cover us with snow.’
‘Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.’

‘When the leaves fall early, winter will be calm and mild; when the leaves fall late, winter will be severe and wild.’
‘Spiders webs floating at autumn sunset, brings a night frost - of that you may bet.’

‘Ice in November to bear a duck, the rest of the winter will be slush and muck.’
‘When the wind is out of the east, tis neither good for man nor beast.’

‘If Christmas day be bright and clear there’ll be two winters in the year.’
‘If a circle forms 'round the moon, 'twill rain or snow very soon.’



and remember...

'Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.’


As I alluded to earlier, this will be my last “Acklington History Slot”. My first history piece appeared in the December Pelican of 2005 so now, six years later, it seems an appropriate moment to sign off. I feel (when I have to resort to writing about the weather) it is probably the right time to consign my monthly ramblings to history.

Thanks for reading!
               John Davison