From The EastWing, Loving The Winter Time, Greek Mythology, Plough Monday, Weather lore

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.


Well sure enough, last week we talked about how there was no snow at the EastWing during the month of December, and then it happened. Happy New Year had hardly been said when the snow started. With the snow came the cold and with the cold came the volumes of “I hate winter”.


I love winter. The  only reason I never go to Florida or south Texas or Arizona in the winter time is I love winter. Always have as long as I can remember, and Lord knows that’s a long time. A long time of loving winter. Over the years we’ve had both friends and family repeatedly ask that we come to the warm weather during the winter time. The answer has always been no. Guess I got hooked on Snow Angels as a little hillbilly boy in downtown Toto, back in the day, and never wanted to leave the snow.


It brings a heartwarming smile every time I’m still receiving  emails telling me how right I am to refuse to jump into the “Happy Holidays” camp. Even though we talked about that a few weeks ago, it takes sometime four or five weeks and I’m still getting emails on a topic. Sometimes I have to go back and re-read what we were talking about in order to respond to the emails.


Had a client in my office last week that asked me did I know the origin of the name of the first month of the year. He was surprised that I did know about the Roman god Janus.  Now Janus is pictured as  two-headed, and both heads having a beard. One head looks forward, one head looks back. Janus was in charge of the temple of peace. The doors of the temple of peace were only open during times of war. The temple of peace was a place of safety. It was the place where new resolutions were formed. Our practice of making new year resolutions comes from this temple of peace.


The client was surprised that I knew about Janus. I was kinda surprised about how much I remembered about Janus. I didn’t tell the client I studied Greek Mythology for two semesters at The Ohio State University a while back. One of the neat things about Greek Mythology, it’s just telling stories.


Did you ever hear about Plough Monday? It’s the first Monday after Epiphany (January 6) was the day for the in times of old  to return to work after the holidays. Now  no work was actually done on this day, Plough Monday, ‘cause it was a holiday. The men all dressed in clean white smocks decorated with ribbons, the men dragged a plow (plough) through the village and collected money for the “plow light” that was kept burning in the church all year. Often men from several farms joined together to pull the plow through all their villages. They sang and danced their way from village to village to the accompaniment of music. In the evening, each farmer provided a Plough Monday Supper for his workers, with plentiful beef and beer for all.

Another interesting thing in January is the name of the full moon for the month. The Full Wolf Moon is January’s moon. Some of the American Indians also called the January full moon the Snow Moon, but most used the Full Wolf Moon for January. The name of the Full Wolf Moon came about from the howling of the wolves in hunger on the long cold January nights.


Due to the nature of January weather, the month contributes much to the weather lore world.

“Always expect a thaw in January”  “Fog in January brings a wet spring”  “He who drops a coat on a winter day will gladly put it on in May”  “If on January 12th the Sun shine, it foreshows much wind”


Just keep those little jewels in mind  and you may be surprised at how many will demonstrate some degree of accuracy.


While we’re talking ole time stuff, I may as well throw in some that are near 100% accurate whenever they occur.  Also just watch these and you’ll be as surprised as I was when I first started watching such things in downtown Toto.


“The higher the clouds, the finer the weather”.  If you spot wispy, thin clouds up where jet airplanes fly, expect a spell of pleasant weather. Keep an eye, however, on the smaller puffy clouds (cumulus), especially if it’s in the morning or early afternoon. If the rounded tops of these clouds, which have flat bases, grow higher than the one cloud’s width, then there’s a chance of a thunderstorm forming.


“Clear Moon, frost soon.”  When the night sky is clear, Earth’s surface cools rapidly—there is no cloud cover to keep the heat in. If the night is clear enough to see the Moon and the temperature drops enough, frost will form. Expect a chilly morning


“When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers”.

When you see large, white clouds that look like cauliflower or castles in the sky, there is probably lots of dynamic weather going on inside. Innocent clouds look like billowy cotton, not towers. If the clouds start to swell and take on a gray tint, they’re probably turn into thunderstorms.

“A rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.” A rainbow in the morning indicates that a shower is west of us and we will probably get it. Morning rainbows are rare but I’ve never seen one without it raining within the hour.


Now I didn’t really intend to go off on weather lore and Greek Mythology this visit in the EastWing, but sometimes ya just gotta go with the flow.


Stay safe in Iraq and Afghanistan.


From The EastWing,  Loving The Winter Time, Greek Mythology, Plough Monday, Weather lore


I Wish You Well,