Legend of the onion snow

onion snow - TheFarmersInTheDell.comIn the dark ages (before the internet), the old timers would use nature’s calendar to know when to plant and harvest. Since they had no such luxury as a seven day forecast, they took cues from their surroundings to predict the weather.  If the cows laid down in the field during the day, it meant rain was coming.  A ring around the moon during the winter months, prognosticated a snow storm.

onion snow - TheFarmersInTheDell.com

Onion snow is a regional expression and not many people outside my neck of the woods have ever heard of the term.  It’s usually the last snow of the season and occurs around the time of onion planting – late March to early April.

onion snow - TheFarmersInTheDell.com

It’s a light snow that covers the ground and melts quickly throughout the day. Onion snow is considered a harbinger of spring.

onion snow - TheFarmersInTheDell.com

It’s a signal that warmer days are in the forecast and it’s time to prepare for planting.

onion snow - TheFarmersInTheDell.com

Next time you need to know a more accurate way to predict the weather, ask a farmer…

  • A severe storm is approaching if you see the backsides of the leaves on the trees.
  • An overabundance of blossoms on the wild apple trees indicates a very harsh winter.
  • A reddish sunset means dry weather the following day.
  • The wider the brown band on the woolly bear caterpillar, the milder the winter.
  • Dandelions will close their blossoms when rain is coming.
  • Smoke that rises straight up indicates good weather.





6 thoughts on “Legend of the onion snow

  1. We are hoping our cows have a lay down in the paddocks during the day, we could do with some rain:) I thought your post was great, there is so much to learn from your information. Maybe the biggest is we need to be a lot more aware of our surrounds:) Thanks heaps
    Hope you have a wonderful day.


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