A few days ago on television I heard a broadcast meteorologist use the phrase “Shed no Thread until April is Dead”. I pay a lot of attention to various weather proverbs and weather folklore, but I have to admit that I’d never heard of this particular expression before. I did a little research online it turns out that it comes from a French expression that I was unfamiliar with–”En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil ; en mai, fais ce qui te plaît.” I don’t speak a word of French and so I contacted Dr. David Vanderboegh of the Creighton University Department of Modern Languages and literatures to try and get a little help with this. What’s up with the weather in April that it would be a bad idea to “shed a thread”? Find out on today’s episode of Weather Break.
Some famous storms in Nebraska and South Dakota in late April include: