Pat Shingleton: "Dry for Us, Wet for Them..."
The last time we had measurable rain was July 6th and that was four days after the anniversary-death of the Bishop of Winchester. I posted in my column then: "The Bishop of Winchester, a Benedictine monk, died July 2, 862. His deathbed request insisted that he be buried outside his cathedral so the rain would fall on his grave. Unfortunately, his intentions were not conveyed and he was entombed in a cathedral whereby a drought ensued. Once re-buried outside, the drought ended and the rain returned for 40 consecutive days." So, last Wednesday was St. Swithin's Day (July 15th) and the legend mentions "if it dost rain on St. Swithin's Day, for 40 days it will remain. If on the day it be fair, for 40 days will rain nae mair." If you've been following the British Open, noted in Friday's column, a pattern of wet weather began on July 2nd, and a chilly, windy, wet weather pattern has continued. As we flirt with a possible Heat Advisory this weekend and England experiences a continued wet weather scenario, the tradition of St. Swithin may be the culprit. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Also, lots of folks were complaining about the extreme amount of rain in June and July and on July 6th on the 4,5,6 and 10 PM weathercasts I decided to initiate a "dry-dance." With hands stretched to the ceiling the anchors joined in and sure enough, the pattern changed and the dry, hot weather locked-in. If the St. Swithin legend is accurate, dry weather should last until August 24th. If not, I'll do my classic rain dance. You can have my columns home delivered at www.PatShingleton.com.