The Bishop of Winchester was a Benedictine monk who died July 2, 862. As noted in a previous column, upon his death, he requested to be buried outside so the rain would fall on his grave.

Apparently there was a mix-up in the village as he was entombed in a cathedral and a drought began. Once he was reburied outside, the drought ended and the rain returned for 40 days.

The English tradition states that if it rains on July 15, St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days. This seems to apply only to England. “St. Swithin’s Day if thou dost rain, for 40 days it will remain. St. Swithin’s Day if thou be fair, for 40 days ’twill rain nae mair!”

Fastcast: Dry and hot.

A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97 degrees. Northwesterly wind about 5 mph becoming calm. Tonight, a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low about 75 degrees. Southwesterly wind between 5 and 10 mph.