August is the final month of meteorological summer (the warmest three months of the year). It often brings mixed emotions as well as mixed weather. There are usually hot and humid spells, and a few days where you can almost sense autumn. Sunlight conditions certainly change with the sun getting a bit lower in the sky, shadows lengthening, and night getting longer. Plants in the yard and forest often have reached their peak of glory and start to brown or shrivel a bit by month’s end. Many folks have pondered these changes over the years. There are quite a few weather folklore and quotes from literature and poetry that deal with August. I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve listed below!
August Weather Sayings
- August 10th: St. Laurence’s Day. If the weather is fair, fine autumn and good wine we will share.
- August 15th: St. Mary’s Day. If on St. Mary’s Day we have sunshine, look forward to much good wine.
- August 24th: St. Bartholomew’s Day. If this day is misty with frost in the morning, a cold winter forecast is the warning.
- For every fog in August there will be a snowfall in the winter ahead.
- If the first week of August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.
- If a cold August follows a hot July, a foretells a winter hard and dry.
Quotes Related to August
“August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.”
- Elizabeth MauaTaylor
“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.”
- Henry David Thoreau
“Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer’s queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.”
- R. Combe Miller
“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
- Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown
”Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
- William Shakespeare
“Let me enjoy this late-summer day of my heart while the leaves are still green and I won’t look so close as to see that first tint of pale yellow slowly creep in. I will cease endless running and then look to the sky ask the sun to embrace me and then hope she won’t tell of tomorrows less long than today. Let me spend just this time in the slow-cooling glow of warm afternoon light and I’d think I will still have the strength for just one more last fling of my heart.”
- John Bohrn, Late August
“When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on August 6, 2012