For Every Fog in August...
Fog on the water - photo taken by Karen Burke of Whiteside, Richmond County NS
Published Tuesday, August 1, 2017 11:56AM ADT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 1, 2017 12:09PM ADT
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.