Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Weather Folklore

I'm not sure where or when I came up with this idea, but I thought it would be fun to write about weather folklore. This is definitely a topic my mom will get a kick out of because she has a million of these sayings.

Here are a few:
*When cows bunch up in the corner of a pasture, expect rain soon.
*Red sky at night-sailors delight; red sky at morning-sailors take warning

Here is one that my mom has tested over and over and she will tell you it's true every time.
*There will be some type of precipitation 100 calendar days after a foggy morning ( give or take a day). She marks the day on the kitchen calendar and from what I've seen, it is a pretty good indicator of when we will get rain. Yes, my forecasting skill comes from my mom!!

I know there are a bunch of famous lines out there on the world wide web. Here are a few I stumbled on just the other day:
*Horses run fast before a violent storm or windy conditions
*Expect rain and maybe severe weather when dogs eat grass (my dog is always wrong on this)
*Flowers close up before a storm
*Redbirds chatter before a rain storm
*When spiders weave their webs before noon, fine weather is coming soon

I'm really hoping you have others to add to the list. Maybe your mom or dad, perhaps even grandparents have used weather folklore to forecast the weather. I'd like to hear your famous lines so I can use them to check my forecast.

I'll post more on Saturday!! Have a great day.


Jenn said...

My daughter has a cloud book by Tomie de Paola that she loves. It has a bunch of sayings about clouds and weather...
For farmers: "When the fog goes up the mountain hoppin', then the rain comes down the mountain droppin'."
"In the morning, mountains. In the evening, fountains!"
"Mackerel scales and mares' tails make lofty ships carry low sails."
For travelers: "Evening red and morning gray set the traveler on his way. Evening gray and morning red bring down rain upon his head."

It also has some "folklore" about what people in the olden days believed about the clouds. You'll have to check out the book :o)

The Cloud Book
words & pictures by Tomie de Paola

mike b said...

when you see a turtle crossing the road, expect rain within 3 days. -my dad always says this.

Anonymous said...


I always enjoy watching you on TV...Keep up the GREAT work!

Anonymous said...

My dad said when the sun went down orange it would be windy the next day.

Anonymous said...

Here's another one. "You can have a frost or freeze up until the Hedge trees leaf out. They are the last trees to leaf out."
They must know something we don't!

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