Weather Folklore: Can August Fog Predict Winter Snowfall? | WJHL
Meteorological folklore says that if you count the August fogs you can tell how much snowfall you can have during the winter season.
I have researched meteorological folklore for the past few years and found some truth in some of the fog forecasts. There were actually a few years when the data almost matched the August fogs; However, it is extremely important that you understand the visibility with these August fogs in order to make a folk prediction.
That being said, here’s a look at the fog report for last August at Tri-Cities Airport.
A total of 17 foggy days were reported during the month of August at Tri-Cities airport. Of those foggy days, there were four with visibilities of a quarter of a mile or less. If you believe in fog folklore, that would represent four accumulated snows in the Tri-Cities this winter season.
There were other days with light foggy days. It is important to note that some of these were caused by rain and thunderstorms. If you deduct the rainy days, there were 10 light fog days which could represent 10 light snows ranging from flurries to snowfall less than an inch ten times during the winter season.
All of this is based on meteorological folklore. Some believe this prediction while many others do not. Only time will tell what the winter season will bring.
Pay attention to my winter weather forecast at the end of November.