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The Three Frozen Kings

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

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Here at Weather Break, we love folklore and meteorology, and we always are looking for more examples of how traditional knowledge about the climate and the atmosphere become part of the folk wisdom of a culture.  On the Roman Catholic calendar of the saints, today is the feast of St. Pancras–one of the so-called “Three Frozen Kings”.  He feast day and those of Sts. Servatus and Boniface later this week supposedly are associated with cold air outbreaks and potentially killing frosts in mid May.  On today’s episode of Weather Break, Dr. Jon Schrage talks about what this legend tells us about climate and climate variability in the midlatitudes.


There are lots of websites about this particular bit of weather folklore, such as this one (scroll down to “May”) or this one (scroll down to “Three Frozen Men”) or this one.

Learn more about Sts. Pancras, Servatus and Boniface.

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