Today we have all kinds of high-tech methods for forecasting the weather including weather satellites and sensors and all kinds of other technology. But, personally, I’ve always found that some of the old-fashioned methods that people used for telling the weather were just as accurate (if not more accurate) than anything the weatherman could tell you. So today, I’ve gathered some of my favorite old-fashioned weather forecasting wisdom for you!
Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true methods:
- If cows lie down and refuse to go to pasture, you can expect a storm to blow up soon.
- The darker the woolly caterpillar’s coat, the more severe the winter will be. Alternatively, you can measure how harsh winters will be by how big the brown stripe in the middle is
- The higher the clouds, the finer the weather
- Clear moon, frost soon
- When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers.
- Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.
- Ring around the moon? Rain real soon
- Rain foretold, long last. Short notice, soon will pass
- Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.
- A warm November is the sign of a bad winter.
- Evening red and morning grey are two sure signs of one fine day.
- No weather is ill, if the wind be still.
- Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.
- Dandelion blossoms close before there will be a rain.
- When leaves show their undersides, be very sure that rain betides.
- Pigs gather leaves and straw before a storm.
- When the night goes to bed with a fever, it will awake with a wet head.
- When leaves fall early, autumn and winter will be mild; when leaves fall later, winter will be severe.
- If corn husks are thick with more layers, it’ll be a harsh winter; alternatively, thin husks with fewer layers indicate it will be warmer. Also, the height of the corn on the stalk tells how many inches of snow will fall.
- A curdled sky never leaves the ground dry; or Mackeral sky, 24 hours, never dry (referring to when the clouds look like fish scales).
- When robins come, the snows are done.
Do you have any other methods for telling the weather? I’d love to hear them!! Let me know in the comments!