THE GREAT BEAR AND SUMMER RAINFALL
[Extracted from Notes & Queries, 4th series, vol. 7 (April 8, 1871), p. 300.]
THE GREAT BEAR AND SUMMER RAINFALL.—A skilful old gardener, a native of Yorkshire, has just assured me that the coming summer will be a dry one, and for the following reason: "The Great Bear is on this side of the North Pole, and as long as he remains there the summers will be dry. He has been on this side for the last three years, and the summers have all been dry. If he could get the other side we should have a wet summer, especially as he would then be in connexion with Venus and Jupiter."
Though familiar with the popular "sayings about the weather" in Devon and Cornwall, the foregoing is new to me. Can any writer of "N. & Q." say whether is it known in Yorkshire or elsewhere, and whether my ancient friend has in any way metamorphosed it?