Appalachia Folklore Weather

Ruling Days Results


Ruling day 1: Low 26 High 48 No precipitation

Ruling day 2: Low 35 High 58 No Precipitation

Ruling day 3: Low 33 High 55 Rain Wind

Ruling day 4: Low 50 High 56 Heavy Rain

Ruling day 5: Low 43 High 57 Cloudy

Ruling day 6 : Low 46  High 52 Morning Showers Cloudy

Ruling day 7 : Low 52 (62 by 8:00 am) High 67 Cloudy, Rain, Storms

Ruling day 8: Low 48 High 57 Cloudy

Ruling day 10: Low 40 High 49 Cloudy, Rainy

Ruling day 11: Low 46 High 54 Rainy, Cloudy

Ruling day 12: Low 49 High 64 Rainy, Cloudy, Windy


As you can see from my Ruing Day lists, I somehow skipped a day. I guess it really doesn’t matter because it was exactly like the other days: above average temperature, cloudy, and rainy.

If the ruling days folklore holds true we’re in for another wet year with above average temperatures. Not exactly what I was hoping for.


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  • Reply
    January 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    If you miss a day for your area you can get the information from weather underground. They have the history for many, many areas recorded on their website.

    In Texas, the weather varies so much throughout the week, much less the month, I don’t think “ruling days” would apply here.

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    Bill Burnett
    January 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Ed. wave it to the east we don’t need any more in WNC we’ve had a boadcius plenty.

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    January 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    It’s so wet at our house it’s awful. I know more is coming. O well.☔

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    January 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I kept track up here in Michigan and had very similar results. However, it looks like it will be MUCH hotter than average and wet. I hope our farmers don’t get a late freeze or their crops get drowned. Can’t grow my own (no sun – even on sunny days) so I always go to the farmers’ markets to get my produce.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 9, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I think it rained, at least a little bit, every one of those 12 days at my house. We had the most rainfall last year here since 1880 when records began being kept.
    They’re calling for snow Friday night and Sat but only a couple of inches. I’ve been out waving my arms, trying to turn it your way but I don’t think it’ll see me before it’s too late.

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    b. Ruth
    January 9, 2019 at 10:28 am

    There is something strange about our day today…it is not gloomy…it is not dark…it is not dreary…it is not somber and quiet…it is not dripping wet with each breath full of moisture…
    It is a day of sparkling and bright…it is cooler and crispy…it is filled with the beginnings of critter sounds…it has flutters more fluttery…it has musical notes hinting of a new day from the budding trees…
    It is a bright, sunny, cold front moving in to save the bugs from continued hatching…a cold that will slow the bulbs from rising up from the earth too early…a cold that will hold back those stray Yellow Bells (forsythia) from blooming…A cold that will keep the “early birds from starting their territorial mating calls too early…
    Oh Happy Day….we are getting back to a normal winter weather pattern….Oh Lord…please save us from this crazy climate change….I yearn for Spring to be Springy…Summer to feel summery…Fall to be colorful…and Winter to be snowy with some cold days so we can start the cycle over again with new hope…
    Thanks for your post Tipper…
    Forgive all clerical, language and grammatical errors…after all it’s jus me talkin’….lol

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    January 9, 2019 at 10:18 am

    A wet year will prevent anymore terrible forest fires, but will probably wreak havoc with the local farms. :/

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    Don Casada
    January 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Here’s hoping that God didn’t put the Ruling days in charge of the weather.

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    January 9, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I documented the weather in my area and followed along to see how our Ruling Days compared. Seven days included cloudy, storm warnings, heavy rain, flood watch, all day rain and even one day of thunder. All except one day was in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Day six got close to 70. Yep, sounds like another hot and rainy year.

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    January 9, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I took notes on the Ruling Days. I will see if they forecast our Iowa weather. I had not heard of Ruling Days and was interested to learn about this folk lore.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 9, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I kinda lean in the direction of liking a wet year better than a dry one. I have had more trouble from drought than flood. But of course that is just me and others have different interests and needs. Across all the ruling days it seems to me to show no extremes of either high or low. That would be nice. It also looks to me like the fall of 2019 will be warm and wet.

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    January 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Try to look for the good in all things. With this out look it might be a good year to work on the lawn and plant grass seed. Hind site told me that I should have done that last summer.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Well, it will be interesting to see how the year’s weather plays out. It seems to me like we’ve already had enough rain for a while.

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