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November Forecast Day

"Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!
One mellow smile through the soft vapoury air,
Ere, o'er the frozen earth, the loud winds ran,
Or snows are sifted o'er the meadows bare.
One smile on the brown hills and naked trees,
And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast,
And the blue Gentian flower, that, in the breeze,
Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last.
Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee
Shall murmur by the hedge that skim the way,
The cricket chirp upon the russet lea,
And man delight to linger in thy ray.
Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear
The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air."

~ November, William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

The month of November is very much known as a transition month, as fall blends into winter. Our ancestors carefully watched for any signs that might suggest how long and hard the coming winter might be. Designed to celebrate the fall colours of the last of Autumn near the designer's home in Maryland, this tartan contains all the the deepening colours of fall foliage and sunset skies. As November turns colder and the leaves fall, this is the traditional month to finish gathering wood for winter. Other traditional weather predictions for the month of November are tied to November Feast Days:

Nov 11 - If St. Martin’s Day is fair, dry, and cold, the cold in winter will not last long.

Nov 11 - If the geese on St. Martin’s Day, stand on ice, they will walk in mud on Christmas.

Nov 11 - If the leaves of the trees and grapevines do not fall before St. Martin’s Day, a cold winter may be expected.

Nov 21 - as Nov 21st, so the winter

Nov 25 - As St. Catherine foul or fair, so will be the next February.

or in easy to remember rhyming parlance:

"If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, there’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck."

"November take flail; let ships no more sail."

"Ice in November brings mud in December!"

Keep a weather eye out during the last of your alfresco picnics! 🍂 🍃 🌤️

This tartan was designed by Edward G. Wells in November of 2015.

The month of November is named for was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

November meteor showers include the Andromedids, which occurs from September 25 to December 6 and generally peak around November 9–14, the Leonids, which occurs from November 15–20, the Alpha Monocerotids, which occurs from November 15–25 with the peak on November 21–22, the Northern Taurids, which occurs from October 20 to December 10, and the Southern Taurids, which occurs from September 10 – November 20, and the Phoenicids; which occur from November 29 to December 9 with the peak occurring on December 5–6. The Orionids, which occurs in late October, sometimes lasts into November.

November's birthstone is the topaz (particularly, yellow) which symbolizes friendship and the citrine. Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum.

For more on weather folklore for the year, click the picnic!

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