Friday, September 11, 2009

Want To Be A Weather Guru...?

Well, these tips probably won't make you a guru, but they might just help you to be a little bit more aware of what may be right around the corner!

I'm thinking that anything that helps is always welcome! After all, information can be our most valuable tool, no matter what we are doing.

This collection of signs from nature came from the Old Farmer's Almanac, and has probably been gathered from stories and tips that the old timers, farmers, ranchers, and all folks living in the country have passed down over the years! Lots of common sense, lots of old wives tales, and lots of home remedies have been totally ignored up until recent years...when they were finally recognized to contain a wealth of information!

Pay attention, now...there will be a test later!

• Cats remaining indoors, devoid of vivacity, forecast wet or windy weather.

• Owls hooting and screeching during bad weather foretell fine weather near at hand.

• Sheep run to and fro, jump from the ground, and fight before a change of weather.

• Many flowers close their petals as rain approaches, opening them again after rain.

• Plenty of acorns indicates a severe winter ahead. Thin onion skins mean a mild winter.

This is just a few of oh, so many tips from our past that we really should pay more attention to, don't you think? Of course, that's just my opinion...but since I've proven to you many times how wise I am, why would you not listen? How do you know I'm wise? That's an easy one...I read the Almanac, don't I?


Anonymous said...

I love the farmer almanac, thanks for reminding me about it. My folks used to plant by it and plan with it, never failed.

where can you pick one up these days? the feed store?

HermitJim said...

Hey Off Grid...
You can get it in a lot of places like hardware stores, feed stores, even order it online at!

I love it! Always entertaining, that's for sure!

Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Felinae said...

Thanks Uncle Hermit,

More great tips.

I never thought for a minute you weren't wise. I bet you are wise even without the Almanac. :D


HermitJim said...

Hey Felinae...
Well, if it's true that with age comes wisdom...then maybe I'm getting there!

I appreciate the kind words and especially appreciate the visit!

Kyddryn said...

Hey, Mister hermit, sir, neat stuff!

I remember being told that pine needles can help predict Winter, too - a lot of needles carpeting the ground in the Fall means a hard Winter. Wasn't there one about cows in a field? If they're all lying down, it's going to rain?

You can also find the Almanac at Publix, of all places! Right in the magazine rack, the original Old Farmer's Almanac.

I hope you have a good one, sir.

Shade and Sweetwater,

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HermitJim said...

Hey K...
There are so many tales having to do with ther weather, it would be next to impossible to remember them all.

It would be nice to find a book that had them all together, wouldn't it?

You have a good day as well, my friend...and thanks for coming by!

TEAM HALL said...

Snatch this cookie from my hand...oh wise one! hehe
No seriously, take the cookie, Jim...I'm getting bigger than a bus! lol
Are we patio bound this morning or is it still raining?
Have a fabulous day!!!

JoJo said...

OH my Wise and Special One, You are so smart I don't know what any of us would do without you. I remember one about if the leaves turn over it is going to rain also. If it is still raining we can have coffee on the porch this morning everyone is invited.

HermitJim said...

Hey Cath...
I know what you mean about getting bigger, believe me! I'm having to sit further and further away from my desk! My belly keeps getting in the way!

Right now, it provides a nice shelf for the Roomies to lie on!

Hey, I sure do appreciate you dropping by today!

Hey JoJo...
What would my day be without you? I think we can sit outside for a bit, but we'll probably have to move to the porch in a while...more rain coming.

I really do thank you for coming by, JoJo!

Ken said...

...mornin'Jim,you forgot the one about my aching joints forecasting the rain/weather...
...oh wait,that's just me(or is it?

HermitJim said...

Hey Ken...
Believe me, with all this rain around I diodn't forget about the aching joints! I can almost hear mine when I get up in the morning...

I just didn't realize you young whipper snappers ever got those...!

Thanks a lot for coming by this morning, buddy!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

We have a similar almanac over here too. But since the klimat has started to change it can be a bit wrong nowdays :-)
Have a great day now!

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
I didn't know that you had a similar publication there in Sweden, but it really shouldn't be a surprise to me.

Is the climate there getting warmer or colder...? What is the name of your Almanac?

Thanks for the visit, my friend!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Jim!
The swedish name on the almanac is Bondepraktikan, that would perhaps be something like Farmers praktica I would guess. It´s filled with old practical information mostly for farmers when to plow the fields and such things.

The climat has been warmer especially in winter, not so much in summer though. They say that we are getting a lot more rain nowdays too. This July it rained three times as much as usual in a big part of the country. But spring were on the other hand much dryer.