SOL March 2015 Challenge Day 22
It is no secret that I was upset by the snow we had on Friday. After all, I missed my first trip to Rita’s. The snow, however, was totally gone by Saturday afternoon. Here in Pennsylvania, and especially in Dutch country, there is a name for it – onion snow. I had often heard spring snows referred to as this when I wsas growing up, but I never really gave much thought to why it was given this name.
I thought that today I would share a bit about the meaning of onion snow as well as some other weather related PA Dtch folklore.
First, it would probably help to know a little bit about the PA Dutch. To be clear, I am not Dutch, I just live in a heavily populated PA Dutch area. The term “Pennsylvania Dutch,” sometimes called “Pennsylvania German,” refers to a cultural group of German heritage, based on a misunderstanding of the German word “Deutsch.” This group descended from southwestern German settlers brought to the area in the 1600s by William Penn. The unique Pennsylvania Dutch dialect arose from the intersection of colonial English with the German spoken by the immigrants. (Taken from the wersite http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-onion-snow.htm)
Onion snow refers to the last snow before the end of the Spring season. Some sources say it occurs after the traditional time of planting spring onions while others say it indicates the proper time to plant them. In either case, onion snow is a light snow that melts quickly. Other parts of the country may have a different name for this type of snow.
Here are 10 other PA Dutch related weather facts:
- Weather occurring on any month’s fifth day is a predictor of the weather for the entire month
- Overactive behavior by children is said to be a sign that rain is imminent
- Rain is similarly said to be on its way if morning fields contain many cobwebs
- A crowing rooster in late evening predicts rainfall overnight
- A cold winter is believed to be foretold by the plumpness of corn as it grows
- It is said to be warm enough for corn planting when women are seen sticking one of their legs out from beneath the bedcovers
- W\when the leaves show their backsides, a storm is approaching
- Once the katydids start singing, count 90 days. That’s when the first frost hits!
- Count the number of mornings in August when fog covers the ground. That’s how many snowfalls we will have come winter!
- And for those of you with pets, if your dog howls at the moon, expect the first snow fall soon! If your cat sits with her back to the fire, snow is on it’s way!
So, what kinds of weather folklore do you know?