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Posted: Mar 3, 2014 12:14 AM by Pat Shingleton

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Familiar weather expressions include "frog stranglers" and "gully washers" for heavy showers. Another reference to flooding rain is the adage, "It's gonna come a stump-floater and a gully washer." Our ancestors may have referred to a rain episode with, "It's comin'up a cloud!" The mention, "It's raining pitchforks and plow handles," meant extremely hard rain. A comment to thunder may have found folks saying, "God's tater wagon turned over!" or "The angels are bowling..." A more familiar verse for windy weather is, "It was blowing to beat the band." "She is batting her eyes like a frog in a hail storm," has dual meanings: She is trying hard to stay awake or she's flirting. "The Devil is getting married," references a shining sun and rain.

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