Old refrain about rain in Spain explained

Dear Cecil:

Does the rain in Spain in fact fall predominantly on the plain?

Cecil replies:

Mainly. But what I want to find out is whether the snow at St. Lo improves the Bordeaux, the hail at Yale’s on the Richter scale, and the sleet in Crete completely eats. You find out, you let me know.

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