It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

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By Scott Cimini on May 15, 2012, 8:25pm

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What a soggy Tuesday we had here in Connecticut! At my weather station in North Haven Connecticut, I recorded .79 inches of rain as of 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. I heard a co-worker of mine mention that it was “raining cats and dogs” outside and that got me thinking about the origin of that saying. In the book 1001 questions answered about the weather it states:

“In Northern Mythology,  the cat is supposed to have great influence on the weather. English sailors still say the cat has a gale of wind in her tail. The dog is a signal of wind, like the wolf, both of which animals were attendants of Odin, the storm god. In old German pictures, the wind is often shown blowing from the head of a dog. From this mythology, the cat may be taken as a symbol of the down-pouring rain and the dog of the strong winds that sometimes accompany a rainstorm.”

Here are some rainfall totals from a couple other WXedge members:

Nick DiGiovanni   (North Haven)                       .98”

Greg Horan          (Hamden)                           1.17”

John Carter          (Branford)                          .72”

Jason Pelletier   (Harwinton)                           .43”  

Ryan Gallagher   (Westbrook)                        .70”

I’ll be doing a 3 day hike on the Appalachian Trail this weekend and I’ll be bringing my camera along for the trip. Stay tuned for a slide show of my travels when I return early next week.

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Scott Cimini

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