Welcome to August…the last month of meteorological summer. It’s off to an amazing start, especially if you’re on vacation.
When Grandma turned the calendar page, she made sure she had a pencil hanging on the little nail. Grandma believed it was very important to count the number of “fog days” in the month. Why you ask?
According to Grandma, there is a correlation between the number of foggy days in August and the number of winter snowfalls! That number would tell you how many snowfalls we can expect in the winter.
A “fog day” is defined as a day with fog – that limits visibility to less than 1 km and persists for several hours. And there’s more: a dense fog signifies and heavy snowfall. Fog does become more likely in August: the nights grow longer and summertime humidity levels are still very high.
I have one more August weather saying for you, but you might not like it:
If the first week of August is unusually hot, the following winter will be cold and snowy. As strange as this sounds, this one has a decent accuracy rate.
There is no scientific basis for this weather saying. Still it’s fun to keep track of the weather folklore! Gather the kids around, get out a real paper calendar, a pencil and you’re off. I want to hear from you at the end of the month.