What is a sheep storm?

In the past, a spell of chilly, foggy weather in June was known as the “sheep storm.” Today Nantucketers refer to this as “June-uary.”

The annual sheep-shearing festival was not scheduled until after the passing of the year’s sheep storm so that newly shorn sheep would not suffer from exposure and in order to have the best weather possible for the outdoor event with off-island vendors, musicians, and bake sales.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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