June Weather Lore Sayings

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June Weather Lore Sayings

Here are some fun weather lore sayings about June.


  1. If June is sunny, the harvest will come early.
  2. In June, when there is no dew, it indicates rain.
  3. A cold and wet June spoils the rest of the year.
  4. June, damp and warm, does a farmer no harm.
  5. A good rain in June sets all in tune.
  6. The north wind in June blows in a good rye harvest.
  7. An early harvest is expected when the bramble blossoms early in June.
  8. When it is hottest in June, it will be coldest in the correlating days of the following February.
  9. A wet June makes a dry September.
  10. If on the 8th of June it rains, it foretells a wet harvest.
  11. If it rains on the feast of St. Medard (June 8th), it will rain forty days later; but if it rains on St. Prottis (June 19th), it will rain for the next forty days.
  12. Rain on St. Barnabas’ Day (June 11) is good for grapes.
  13. If St. Vitus’s Day (June 15) be rainy weather, it will rain for thirty days together.
  14. If Midsummer Day (June 24) be ever so little rainy, the hazel and walnut will be scarce; corn smitten in many places; but apples, pears, and plums will not be hurt.
  15. Cut your thistles before St. John (June 24), and you will have two instead of one.
  16. If it rains on June 27th, it will rain for seven weeks.
  17. If it rains on St. Peter’s Day (June 29), the bakers will have to carry double flour and single water; if dry, they will carry single flour and double water.
  18. Rain on Peter and Paul (June 29) will rot the roots of the rye.
  19. Calm weather in June sets corn in tune.

Now just like winter folk lore this is all just for fun.

Now while not folk lore but more a fact in the past years that June was more that +2.0 above average July that year was also warmer that average in most years. (1954, 1971 and 1954 were exceptions) but the following August was either average or cooler than average in most year that had a June that was +2 or more.

When I was young Flag Day was a more of a big day then it is now. But it is one of the days that always is on the same date, so it is easy to look up the records for that day. Here in Grand Rapids the average H/L on June 14th is 79/58 the record high is a reported 96 in 1894 in 2nd place is 94 set in 1987. The coldest maximum was a cool 56 in 1947 and in 1917 it was not much better at 57 all other years have had highs of more than 60. The record low was a cold 38 in 1978 and it was 40 in 1942 and just last year it was a crisp 42.


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Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Big cell to our NE with a hook echo. Just like yesterday, it’s missing us by just a few miles.

We’re at +8.9 for the month. Four 90-degree days already this month.

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

As for the weather this past week, it has been brutal. Smothering hot and missing most of the rain in every direction. Recorded 4 days of 90 or better, and about all of them with a heat index well into the 90’s. I see all morning today GR is reporting overcast with fog and mist. I went to work at 5 a.m. and it has been clear and sunny all morning, temps already up to 80 degrees. GR stuck under a dark cloud?

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Thanks Slim. Odd sayings. You wonder where or why they ever came up with such oddball things. Must have been superstitious times.


Thanks Slim for the folklore… love it. YEARS ago the weather channel (when it was starting out) did a folklore calendar. My dad got it as a gift. I loved reading that thing.
My grandfather was a farmer and lived to be 100… so you can imagine the folklore we heard growing up.


7 out of the last 8 days have been 87-90 degrees. What a HOT stretch for early June!