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Weather Proverbs

Published On: Oct 27 2013 06:46:02 PM CDT


   I received an email from a viewer regarding weather proverbs. This person wants to know how many weather proverbs I knew of that I could share.
  Those of us who make their living outdoors must keep up with the weather on a daily basis. Weather proverbs were created ages ago to help us remember how to forecast by observing animals, the sky, and nature. Many of the folks back then would be amazed at how we predict weather today with all our high tech weather equipment including Doppler radar, satellites and all our weather computer models.
Here are some of the many weather proverbs that have developed over time– some do affect the weather, others, quite frankly, do not.

-Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
-Evening red and morning gray are sure signs of a fine day. Evening gray and morning red put on your hat or you'll wet your head.
-Rain from the south prevents the drought, but rain from the west is always best.
-Anvil-shaped clouds bring on a gale (strong wind).
-A cloud with a round top and flat base carries rainfall on its face.
-When small clouds join and thicken, expect rain.
-Black clouds in the north in winter indicate approaching snow.
-When there is enough blue sky to patch a Dutchman's breeches, expect clearing weather
-Clouds floating low enough to cast shadows on the ground are usually followed by rain.
-Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, never long wet, never long dry.
-If three nights dewless there be, ’twill rain, you're sure to see.
-If heavy dew soon dries, expect fine weather; if it lingers on the grass, expect rain in 24 hours.
-With dew before midnight, the next day sure will be bright.
-If you wet your feet with dew in the morning, you may keep them dry for the rest of the day.
-When clouds look like chicken scratches or mare’s tails, it will rain soon.


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