February fill dyke, be it black or be it white

February is traditionally a month of heavy rain (black) or snow (white), but see quot. 1978.

1557 T. TUSSER Husbandry D1 Feuerell fill dyke, doth good with his snowe.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 40 February fill dike Be it black or be it white; But if it be white, It’s the better to like.

1906 E. HOLDEN Country Diary of Edwardian Lady (1977) 13 February fill dyke Be it black or be it white.

1978 R. WHITLOCK Calendar of Country Customs iii. Though February is notoriously associated with floods, as in the appellation ‘February fill-dyke’, it is statistically one of the driest months of the year.


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