Term: Ice saints Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Name given by popular tradition, in a large part of Europe, to certain Saints (Mamertus, Pancras, etc.) whose feast days, in the first fortnight of May, are said to be often accompanied by a temporary lowering of temperature and sometimes by late frosts.  WMOMeteoterm 

St. Mamertus, St. Pancras, and St. Savertius or St. Gervais, whose feast-days fall on 11, 12, and 13 May, respectively. These days are associated with May frosts in the folklore of a large part of Europe.  AMSglossary