Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Taste Of Sunshine...!

The weather is trying it's best to give us a couple of days of really nice sunshine!

I like the sun! When I was in my younger years, I spent as much of my time as possible out in it! Fishing, swimming, camping, all the fun stuff! Man, sometimes I do miss those days!

One of the things you catch onto really quick when you spend a lot of time out of doors, is paying attention to weather signs. Often you aren't even aware that you are doing it, you just do it!

I picked up a lot of pointers from my older relatives (mostly farmers) and then in places like the Old Farmers Almanac...who is always good for some common sense knowledge!

In fact, here is a collection of some "Weather Proverbs" that you may find interesting...

Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.

A rainbow in the morning indicates that a shower is west of us and we will probably get it.

The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.
If you spot wispy, thin clouds up where jet airplanes fly, expect a spell of pleasant weather.

Clear Moon, frost soon.
When the night sky is clear, Earth's surface cools rapidly—there is no cloud cover to keep the heat in. If the night is clear enough to see the Moon and the temperature drops enough, frost will form.

When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers.
When you spy large, cauliflower-like clouds that look like castles in the sky, there is probably lots of dynamic weather going on inside. Innocent clouds look like billowy cotton, not towers.

Ring around the moon? Rain real soon.
A ring around the moon usually indicates an advancing warm front, which means precipitation. Under those conditions, high, thin clouds get lower and thicker as they pass over the moon. Ice crystals are reflected by the moon's light, causing a halo to appear.

Rain foretold, long last. Short notice, soon will pass.
If you find yourself toting an umbrella around for days "just in case," rain will stick around for several hours when it finally comes. The gray overcast dominating the horizon means a large area is affected. Conversely, if you get caught in a surprise shower, it's likely to be short-lived.

Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.

A reddish sunset means that the air is dusty and dry. Since weather in North American latitudes usually moves from west to east, a red sky at sunset means drive weather—good for sailing—is moving east. Conversely, a reddish sunrise means that dry air from the west has already passed over us on their way easy, clearing the way for a storm to move in.

I'm sure that we've all heard some or all of these before, and there are probably a lot more that are not listed here. If you know any, why not put them in the comment section...that would be fun!

Now, let's get some coffee and sit on the patio. We can look at the signs and do some weather predictions!


Kyddryn said...

Neat stuff, Mister Hermit, sir...thanks for sharing!

Shade and Sweetwater,

JoJo said...

Good Mornng My Special One, Hope your mom is still doing well this morning.
And another great post. When I lived on the east coast a red sunset usually meant a very hot next day, unless it was winter lol. These make more sense. And fluffy clouds usually meant snow, here we get them all the time but no snow.
Oh well its fun to talk to people from all the different states and look at the sky and hear their version of what they mean.
I would love a cup of coffee with you this morning and hear more about this from others also

HermitJim said...

Hey K...
I'm sure tht you have a load of these weather proverbs in your part of the country!

Hey, I appreciate you coming by!

Hey JoJo...
I guess that each area has certain signs that work for them pretty well...

It is always interesting to listen to how folks react to what they see as a definite weather change. The history of all of the sayings is a fun read!

I thank you so much for coming by today!

Did it MY way said...

Day light in the morning. Means I'm still alive. I like day light.

Neat post Jim.

Coffee on me.

See Ya

HermitJim said...

Hey Tony...
Now that's a sign I know and love! Reason enough to celebrate, huh?

Thanks for coming by today, buddy!

Anonymous said...

Not for us, we're stuck under cloud cover, drizzle and light rain. We'll take it though, never can get too much rain in south Texas.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Most things fits over here too, but we seldome sees halos over here. and red morning sky usually only is that. Perhaps because wher one lives in this thin country the ocean is never far away?
Have a great day now!

HermitJim said...

Hey Anon 12:13...
Right about rain being something always needed in South Texas!

Later on, we'll be wishing for some of this cooler weather and some rain, if this year is anything like last!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hey Christer...
Guess that could be it, for sure! How wide is Sweden, anyway? Don't think I ever knew that.

You stay warm, my friend! I do thank you for coming by!

Murphyfish said...

Hello Hermit,
Good post, thank you for the sharing. Dark outside - i must be on the night shift.
Regards John

HermitJim said...

Hey John...
Weather is strange all over now days! Glad you liked the proverbs...and glad you came by today!

Momlady said...

Hi, Mr. Hermit, Sir....just a quick note. I had to leave early so I missed you this morning. Re: red sun at night thingy. Not so any more because of all the s--- in the air. So you can't go by that one. 'sides, I get red sunsets almost every evening and can still get rain that night.
Hope you and your mom are still doing well.
Blessed be....

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
I understand that life gets in the way sometimes!

Most of these proverbs are probably old ones, and like everything else in today's world...they change!

Too much input from mankind, I suspect! Can't leave Mother Nature alone...

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, my friend!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

I like the sunshine also Jim. Sunshine = energy and sunburn sometimes. But anyway, that was some interesting bits of information. I learn something new everyday.

HermitJim said...

hey Hermit...
I don't even mind a little sunburn, long as it isn't too much at once!

Glad you liked the information and also glad you could come by today!