Pat Shingleton: Expressing Some Expressions
Possibly a clap of thunder today and when the heavy showers hit, they're referred to as "frog stranglers" and "gully washers." "It's gonna come a stump-floater," refers to flooding rain. Our ancestors may have referred to an approaching episode of rain with, "It's comin' up a cloud!" Mentioning, "It's raining pitchforks and plow handles," meant extremely hard rain. Thunder comments include: "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 hailstorm," incorporates dual meanings: She is trying hard to stay awake or she's flirting. "The Devil's getting married," references a shining sun and simultaneous rain.