Prophets – St. Martin and St. Andrew
According to the professor, we are currently living in such an interesting period, the so-called Before winter – from November 11, that is, St. Martin until November 30, St. Andrew.
“Phenologists call this period winter – the last day of fall and the first day of winter. They were both significant weather forecasters – said prof. L. Klimek. – St. Martin’s Day marks the beginning of winter.
They used to say: like a goose on Martynas ice (the balls are frozen), at Christmas you will be on the water. Or in short: Martynas – with a stud, Christmas – with ice. This witty saying probably came true.
For several years in a row I have tried to notice this and to my surprise it still holds true. It must be assumed that this experience has not yet been confirmed. “
After a while, the interlocutor continued to share his experience and wisdom:
“Since Marcin’s day, the last autumn festival, a roast goose has been a festive dish, and this goose’s brisket has reflected the course of the whole winter. If the bridge is almost all white, it means that winter will be snowy and deep.
And if it is planted with brown spots or brown spots more than white, it means that there will be a lot of thaw in winter, or it will generally be very easy to do.
And, of course, the villagers slaughtered the pig before Christmas. It was also from her cash register that she tried to guess what winter would be like.
It was said that had it been that bumpy it would have been lumpy, which meant that the thaw would replace it. And if a solid, flat, or one end is thicker and the other is thinner, the beginning or end of winter will be richer. “
LEU nuotr./Etnologas Limbertas Klimka
Will Christmas be white?
St. Andrzejki, according to the professor, is the day on which the bear falls asleep in winter.
“Back then, we just noticed it. This day was very important and even the smallest of its nuances were important – whether the sun was shining or there was a lot of snow – everything determined the next year’s harvest. And it was said that one sign is better for legumes, another for summer, and if that day is at all with such a mild cold, then rye will be perfect.
They concluded that – the wisdom of the ancients was shared by prof. L. Klimek. “Another so interesting sign that is still mostly confirmed is that if the snow falls in winter (from Martin to Andrew) and the whole day is thawed, then after a month it is white, real winter everywhere.”
True, the ethnologist noted that St. This year, Marcin’s Day was quite warm.
“It is also said that we can expect Christmas in white. Otherwise, other signs, such as a windy day, suggest that winter can be changeable. However, we will learn more in December – during St. Lucy’s Day, the professor explained. – During and after twelve days, we can deduct what each month of the year will look like. What is the weather like on that day, as well as next month.
For example, December 13. we observe what January will be like, February 14-15 – March etc. Suppose that if the thirteenth day is beautiful, neither snow nor cold is not great, then January will be mild, and if it rains, it means darganot. Amazing, but my method of guessing the weather still works. Of course, there may be deviations from them, but as far as I note, I sign every year, in most cases the observations are still valid. ”
Speigai is a rare guest now
“Back then, we just noticed it. Do your observations predict this? – I asked the interlocutor.
“Back then, we just noticed it. And the sparks are shown, for example, by the north wind blowing during Mykolines (St. Michael’s holiday on September 29), on the day of the wind. Then the winter will be hot – explained Prof. L. Klimek.
However, the ethnologist did not hesitate to predict whether there would be a rush next winter.
“I am afraid to predict this year because I was in the city and it is difficult to determine the wind direction in the city, but there was no big wind. In the city, street mazes, buildings significantly change the direction of the wind. You must be in the field to see the real signs. There are many nuances to weather monitoring, ‘said the professor.
Another way to observe winter is by flying birds. This year, according to the ethnologist, the birds have not shown that they are already protected by the cold wave.
But this year spokes he flew out very early …
“Yes, spokes he flew out very early, but other birds, for example, geese, flew away not so long ago. Although, for example, on November 17, when I was in the village, I noticed a large swarm of fangs flying towards the farm. This meant that it would cool down in the coming days.
And it was. But it certainly isn’t, because it’s still winter. However, as soon as the squirrels approach the house, herds appear in the pen, which indicates that it will be cooler “- says the interlocutor about the observations and knowledge.
Birds are prophets of cold weather
“Wow, even so!” I was surprised.
“Back then, we just noticed it. Sikora is very sensitive. They either find shelter or some food. And when they are warm, they are not in the pen. As soon as they feel warm again, they fly into the forest. Boobs stick to a person when it is harder for them.
Thanks to this, based on their behavior, it is possible to predict the weather in the coming days – said prof. L. Klimek. – Incoming frosts in winter are also predicted by crows: if they land on tree tops, they usually turn north, you can already see that before the frost. And if the crows walk on the ground, it will thaw.
The professor confirmed that these short-term bird observations are indeed very important as they are atmospheric phenomena and animal reactions.
“Animals are much more sensitive than humans. They predict because their survival depends on it. A person can adapt, hide in the house, and the animal will die if it does not react. And those who develop the ability to guess the future will survive, emphasized the ethnologist.