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RAINING CATS AND DOGS!


We’ve had lots of rain here in Missouri lately, as have other states.   Last evening we had some severe storms and a funnel cloud or two in the St. Charles and St. Louis area.   The weather pattern lately made me think of the phrase “Its raining cats and dogs.”.    I wondered where the phrase came from, so I Googled it.

There doesn’t seem to be much documentation of where this saying came from for certain.   There are some different opinions.    The one that seems most logical for an illogical saying is that it came from England, possibly from a pub.   In the old days the roof of an English house was made of straw and grass, and that combination of building material would not hold water out well.   Cats and dogs would sleep on the roof tops and the rafters.  I can see how the cats got there, but the dogs would have needed steps, possibly to the rafters; or the houses were built into a hill or side of a mountain and the animals could just walk onto the roof.   However, they got there they got there.   When rain storms hit, the roof would give way and down came the cats and dogs.    Born is the phrase “It’s raining like cats and dogs.”.