when the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak

A traditional way of predicting whether the summer will be wet or dry on the basis of whether the oak or the ash is first to come into leaf in the spring.

1852 Notes & Queries 1st ser. V. 581 When the oak comes out before the ash, there will be fine weather in harvest. I..find it generally correct.

1911 Times Literary Supplement 4 Aug. 285 One of the commonest weather rhymes in most parts of England deals with the budding of the oak and the ash:—When the oak’s before the ash Then you’ll only get a splash, When the ash is before the oak Then you may expect a soak. But in North Germany the signs are exactly inverted, and also in Cornwall.

1987 Daily Telegraph 22 June 12 My farmer neighbour and myself have always been great believers in the saying: ‘Ash before oak, we’ll get a soak Oak before ash, we’ll only have a splash.’


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