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Anfang des Monats wahrscheinlic talt und veränderlich. Kalte Regengüsse, Schnee mit Regen vermengt, und Schneestürme in Tbeilen von Quebec, im nördliden Theil von New York, und in verschiedenen westlichen Gegenden, ungefähr am 2ten und 3ten; zwischen den 4ten und 7ten, wärmeres Wetter. 4ter Sonntag nad Ostern.

Zwischen 7ten und 10ten wahrscheinlich fühl und veränderlich. Nach dem 10ten schönes warmes Wetter, zuweilen schwüle Tage und Stürme, für welche eo thöridyt wäre zu vers suchen einen Datum anzugeben. Ungefähr am 12ten und 13ten, warmes Wetter und starter Wind. In vielen Gegenden wahrscheinlich Buídfeier. Sonntag, dogate.

Während der Woche (dönes, warmes Wetter, zuweilen schwül und stürmisch, wie im Mai gewöhnlich ; gegen Ende der Woche, Zeiden einer annähernden Beränderung. Qimmelfahrt Christi.

Ziemlich beißes Wetter bis zum 19ten, öfters Gewitter. Sonntag, Egaudi.

Kübleres Wetter, veränderlich, starker Wind; tühle, sogar falte Regengüsse. In Westen wabrscheinlich fürmisches Wetter am 25ten und 26ten ; bis zu Ende des Monats, warm und schwül, und starter Wind. Im ganzen, ein sehr veränderlicher Monat, mit Temperatur-Wechsel von Frost zu Sommer- Hite. Bringits Sonntag.

Bis zu Ende des Monats, wärmer und veränderlich. Es wäre möglich daß die Periode von tühles und veränderliches Wetter am Schluß des Monats, anstatt, wie oben ange geben, zwischen dem 21ten und 28ten stattfinden wird ; meines Erachtens nach, ist legtere Bermuthung am wahrid einlichsten.

May is the fifth month in the year, reckoned from our first of January, and the third, counting the year to begin with March, as the Romans anciently did. The derivation of the name is in doubt, but it is supposed it was called Maius by Romulus from respect to the senators and nobles of his city, who were named majores, as the following month was called Junius in honor of the youth of Rome who served him in the war; though some will have it to have been thus called from Maia, the mother of Mercury,

In this month the sun enters Gemini, and the plants of the earth in general begin to flower. From an early period it was the custom for all ranks of people in England, France, and other European countries to go out “a-Maying,” as it was called, early on the ist of May. The month of May has ever been esteemed favorable to love, and yet the ancients, as well as many moderns, look on it as an unhappy month for marriage. The original reason may perhaps be referred to the feast of the Lemures, which was held in it.

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Full Moon...... I 3 49 eve.

3 37 eve. 3 25 eve.

3 13 eve. 2 43 eve. Third Quarter. 8 o 26 eve. O 14 eve. o 2 eve, II 50 morn. II 20 morn. New Moon..... 15

I 49 eve. I 37 eve. I 25 eve. I 13 eve. O 43 eve.
First Quarter.. 23 I 17 eve.

5 eve. o 53 eve. O 41 eve. O II eve.
Juno and June so nearly are the same,
One from the other must have got its name;
The sign is Cancer, “Crab,” and all admit,
That Juno's crabbed temper it will fit.

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Warm to hot and dry weather. Rains required in most sections ; indications of their approach.


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15 Th

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4 S Trinity Sunday.
5 M * Rainy weather probable in North-west and West; light showers and
6 Tu warm weather in most other sections. Heavier rainfalls about the 9th
7 W and roth days, ending in cooler weather.
8 Th Corpus Christi. Muggy, oppressive weather with heavy showers,

Fr and probably storms of thunder and lightning.

II S 1st Sunday after Trinity.
12 M

Probably much cooler weather, with cool to cold nights in Canada

and northern sections United States, and rains West during early por-

tion of week. Quite a marked relapse in many localities. Storms of

wind and hail probable in Western Ontario. There will probably be
16 Fr

frosts in some northern sections and Canada.
i8 S 2d Sunday after Trinity.
19 M Rains and frosts may occur about the 20th, 21st, or 22d in Canada
Tu and United States, South and West, and cool showers and unsettled

weather are likely to prevail through greater portion of week in the
Th majority of sections. Frost may cause considerable damage to crops

Fr during this period. Warmer weather generally toward the 24th and
24 Sa 25th.
25 S 3d Sunday after Trinity.
26 M

Probably warmer, with wind- and rain-storms, and periods of hot and

sultry weather, with storms, through Canada and Western and Southern 28 W

United States. The month is likely to end hot and sultry, with rain. 29 Th

and thunder-storms in same sections.

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SPECIAL Note.—Reader, when you come to test my probabilities for the month of JUNE, please understand that they date from September 25, 1881, nearly nine months back; consequently, they must be dealt with liberally. I do not claim to be altogether “a prophet.”

My predictions for each of the equent months will appear in “ Stod. dart's Review," published monthly by J. M. Stoddart & Co., Philadelphia, sufficiently in advance to give the forecast in considerable detail for each succeeding month.



Warm und trođen. Regen überall verlangt. Zeichen annähernde Negengüsse. Sonntag, Irinitatis.

Im Westen und Nord-Westen, regneriíd ; leichter Regen und warmes Wetter in bent meisten andern Gegenden. Sowere Negengüsse ungefähr am 9ten und 10ten. Rübleres Metter.

Frohnleid n a møfest.

Schweres, drüdendes Wetter, mit schwere Regengüsse, und wahrscheinlich Gewitter.

lster Sonntag nad Trinitatis.

Anfangs der Woche wahrscheinlich viel fübler; in Canada und nördliden Theilen der Vereinigten Staaten, fühle, sogar talte Nächte ; im Westen, Regengüsse. In vielen Gegenden eine sehr bemerkbare linderung der Temperatur. Im westlichen Ontario, wahrscheinlich Windstürme und Hagel. In manchen nördliden Districten wird es wahrideinlich Frost geben.

2ter Sonntag nach Trinitatis.

Ungefähr am 20ten, 21ten oder 22ten, Regengüsse und Froft wahrscheinlich in Canada und Vereinigten Staaten, südlich und westlid ; während der Woche tühle Regengüsse und veränderliches Wetter in den meisten Gegenden. Es ist möglid daß durch Frost die Ernte um ungefähr diese Zeit beträchtlich beschädigt wird. Gegen den 24ten und 25ten, warmes Wetter.

Ster Sonntag nad Trinitatis.

In Canada und in den westlichen uud südlichen Staaten, wärmeres Wetter, Wind. ftürme und Regengüsse; heiße und schwüle Tage mit Stürme. Ende des Monats, wahr. fbeinlich heiß und schwül; in manchen Gegenden, Regengüsse und Gewitter.

STORMS OF JUNE, 1881. THE LATE STORM-PERIOD.-Mr. Vennor again, unfortunately, “ guessed” only too well in predicting, both in his late Almanac and revised forecast for June, the storm-period which has just swept ever a large portion of North America. His prediction, dating from September of 1880 (Almanac, page 21), reads as follows: “ The neighborhood of the 29th is likely to prove stormy in Western Ontario and Western United States, the storms being, in all probability, accompanied by thunder and lightning and hail.” In his more recent revision of this prediction he added the 28th day as within the storm-period, and, as seen by our telegraph despatches, on both of these dates (28th and 29th) storms, tornadoes, and thunder and lightning prevailed throughout Ontario and the Western States, causing damage everywhere, as well as loss of life. Mr. Vennor informs us that this prediction was based upon his theory of “recurring periods,” and that this is but the commencement of a series of similar disturbances which are to run through the present month.

A FREQUENT change of wind, with agitation in the clouds, denotes a storm. If the wind follows the sun's course, expect fair weather.

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This month Quintilis, or “the fifth," was reckon:
Till Julius Cæsar gave a first and second; [ed
From which arrangement it at once appears
That Julius Cæsar has prolonged our years.

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4th Sunday after Trinity.

If the first of July it be rainy weather,

It will drizzle for a month together,
If Bullion's day (July 4th) be dry, there will be a good harvest.

The moon with a circle brings water in her beak.
5th Sunday after Trinity.

The aurora borealis when very bright forebodes stormy, moist, unsettled weather.

A haze around the sun indicates rain : it is caused by fine rain falling in the upper regions of the air ; when it occurs, a rain of five or six hours' duration may be expected. 6th Sunday after Trinity.

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In this month is St. Swithin's day (15th),
On which, if that it rain, they say
Full forty days after it will
Of more or less some rain distil.

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7th Sunday after Trinity.

A halo round the moon is an indication of rain, it being produced by fine rain in the upper regions of the atmosphere.

The larger the halo, the nearer the rain-clouds and the sooner rain may be expected.

A halo round the sun has often been followed by heavy rains.

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8th Sunday after Trinity.

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ALTERNATIONS of very hot and stormy weather, with frequent rains, generally up to about ioth of month. Some of these storms in Western Can. ada and Western United States are likely to be very severe, causing much damage. A cooler change between the roth and 13th, with, possibly, a frosty night or two. Hot and oppressive weather, with heavy rain- and wind-storms, between 15th and 20th. A great deal of rain and storm so far this month. Between 20th and 23d cooler and windy weather, with continued rains and cool evenings and nights. Between 24th and 26th there is likely to occur a very hot term. After the 26th or 27th, sultry, warm, and oppressive weather, with thunder-storms, up to close of month. There may be indications of a cooler change about the last day of month-probably, altogether, a muggy and reeking wet month, very different from that of 1881.



COLD SNAPS; “ POLAR WAVES.” In case people forget this sort of thing, and imagine our winters are getting “milder of late years," it had better be placed on record; and in no place will it be so universally read and noted as in the pages of Vennor's Almanac.

After a period of comparative mildness, ending in widely-scattered snow-storms, the mercury early on the morning of the 28th of December, 1880, took a sudden and tremendous plunge to and below the zero-line over almost the entire length and breadth of the North American continent. The following is a tabulated record of the low temperatures then registered:

CANADA. Toronto (lowest in 24 hours)........

2° above zero. Fort Garry.......

41 below Collingwood..........

5 Palmerston......

4 St. Thomas.....

o, zero. Kincardine...

3 below zero. Stratford.....



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UNITED STATES. Escanaba......

20° below zero: fall of 26° Duluth.......


9 St. Paul.........


14 Milwaukee....


19 Lacrosse...


5 Chicago.......


18 Alpena, Mich....


36 Detroit.....


30 St. Louis.....


14 Indianapolis......


30 Cincinnati........


25 Pittsburg........


22 Buffalo......


22 Rochester


22 Washington


13 A period of snow-storms followed this unusually severe period, and this was again succeeded by another “cold snap," of which the following was recorded in Canada :


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