Weather Eye: The forecast: Happy as a frog on a wet night in an Amboy pond




Yes, I know, I mentioned here the other day the rainfall amounts should be on the light side. For the most part, the showers were light for many of us and rather brief, but heavy for others — the nature of “scattered showers.”

However, as time went on, it was obvious that the showers would get heavier Wednesday and today as that pesky upper level low takes its time meandering south from BC. The cold air had more time to circulate out over the ocean and pick up moisture, which resulted in some really good downpours, on the verge of being a frog strangler.

Speaking of frogs, Tom Dixon, weather observer in Amboy, sent me this email: “Have an interesting question for you. We have a small pond outside our bedroom window and for the last few weeks (4-6) we have heard frogs croaking all night long. But for the last several days we have heard nothing from our good friends. What do you suppose has happened? Do frogs suddenly up and leave the premises or what? We kind of miss their good night serenade.”

At first I thought maybe those first 10 days or so of warm and nice weather dried up their courting passions. Actually, it may signal the end of the breeding season. Now that we are back in the rain mode, we’ll see if Tom’s frogs resume their nighttime chorus.

Back to the frog strangler: Years ago, we used to say it was raining cats and dogs to express a heavy downpour. A frog strangler indicates a rain so intense that the poor amphibians could be drowned.

Oh yes, the weather outlook . . . happier frog weather.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at