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WEATHER BELIEF IN PROSE

IF IT RAINS BEFORE SEVEN, IT WILL STOP BEFORE ELEVEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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EVERY MORNING MY MOTHER WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND LOOK AT THE SMOKE
COMING OUT OF THE CHIMNEY. IF THE SMOKE WENT STRAIGHT UP THE
WEATHER WOULD BE GOOD. IF THE SMOKE CURLED AROUND THE WEATHER
WOULD BE BAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Other matter not of solid form

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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AS MANY FOGS AS THERE ARE IN AUGUST, THERE WILL BE SNOWS
IN THE WINTER.

Submitter comment: HEARD BY INFORMANT FROM LOCALS WHO BELIEVED IT SINCERELY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-13-1972

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IF YOU ARE EVER LOST IN THE WOODS, SPIT IN YOUR HAND.
WHICHEVER WAY IT SPATTERS, THAT'S THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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IT ALWAYS HAS TO SNOW ON THE BUTTERCUPS.

Submitter comment: OVERHEARD IN THE GROCERY WHEN TWO WOMEN WERE DISCUSSING

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; LEBANON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

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NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST (EQUALS) THE NUMBER OF SNOWS IN
WINTER.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME BY DR. MORREL, BIOLOGY TEACHER AT PEABODY

Where learned: BUFFALO ; TENNESSEE ; LEBANON ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT RAINS ON ST. SWITHIN'S DAY, IT WILL RAIN FOR NEXT
FORTY DAYS.
LEARNED WHILE GROWING UP IN WALES, IT IS TOLD AND COMMENTED ON,
BUT IF IT COMES TRUE IT IS HELD TO BE A COINCIDENCE.

Where learned: WALES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 15
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF IT STARTS RAINING BEFORE 7:00 A.M., IT WILL STOP BEFORE
11:00 A.M.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; GEORGETOWN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THERE IS NOT A LOT OF WIND IN MARCH, THE TIMBER WILL
NOT GROW.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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THE NUMBER OF FOGS IN AUGUST WILL PREDICT THE NUMBER OF
SNOWS IN WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Number
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-03-1970

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A MILD WINTER MEANS FEW PEOPLE WILL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 04-03-1972

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IF IT RAINS WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING, MEANS IT WILL RAIN
THE NEXT DAY.

Where learned: NASHVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 06-16-1972

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IRISH POTATOES AND RADISHES WON'T MAKE, EXCEPT IN SPRING OR FALL.
HOT WEATHER KEEPS THEM FOR (FROM) GROWING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-15-1973

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