long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past

Cf. 1863 R. FITZROY Weather Book 15 The longer the time between the signs and the change foretold by them, the longer such altered weather will last; and, on the contrary, the less the time between a warning and a change, the shorter will be the continuance of such predicted weather.

1866 A. STEINMETZ Manual of Weathercasts xiv. Old saws [sayings] about the barometer. Long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past.

1889 J. K. JEROME Three Men in Boat v. The barometer is..misleading... Boots..read out a poem which was printed over the top of the oracle, about ‘Long foretold, long last; Short notice, soon past.’ The fine weather never came that summer.

2002 Times 6 Apr. (online) ‘Long foretold, long last; short notice, soon past’ the old saying says, meaning that a long rise in atmospheric pressure brings a long spell of high pressure, which there was.


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