Friday, July 16, 2010

Here's Some More Weather Folk Lore...!

I'm sure you've noticed that the weather has been a little crazy as of late!

I did a little research over at the Old Farmer's Almanac, and came up with some bits of folk lore that might help tell you what's on the horizon, weather-wise.

See if any of these help you out!

Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years' experience and observations by an ancient English shepherd in 1812.

If the sun rises red and fiery, it certainly betokens more or less wind or rain. This observation agrees with the old English rule: If red the sun begins his race, be sure that rain will fall apace.

If cloudy at sunrising, and it so decreases, it is a certain sign of fair weather, agreeable to this is an observation of Pliny's, in his Natural History, which says: If at sunrising the clouds are driven away and retire as it were to the west, it denotes fair weather.

Little round clouds like a dapple grey, and at the same time a north wind blows, denote fair weather for a few days.

If the sun be surrounded with an iris, or circle of white clouds, and they equally fly away, 'tis a sign of fair weather.

And this old English proverb is often right: In the decay of the moon, a cloudy morning bodes a fair afternoon.

If the weather be hazy, and the wind falls away, and small clouds increase, depend on much rain, and that soon.

When mists rise in low ground and soon vanish, nothing is a surer sign of fair weather; when they are heavy, rise slowly, and keep visible on the hilltops, they soon fall down in rain, which, however, seldom lasts long.

A mist in the morning, before sunrising, and at or about the full of the moon, betides fair weather; if mists appear in the new moon, you may depend on more or less rain in the old; and when they arise in the old, there is generally rain in the new.

If the wind shifts from the north to the south in a few days without rain and turns north again with rain, returns to the south in one or two days, and so on for two or three keeps shifting, it will afterwards fix south or west two months or more.
In summer, or autumn, when the wind has been in the south two or three days, and the weather very hot, and the clouds rise one above another with white tops, like battlements of a tower, and joined together, and black on the hills, depend on thunder and rain very speedily.

You may sometimes see two clouds, one to the left, another to the right, which denote a sudden shower.

When clouds float in a serene sky, you may expect winds, and if they rise from the south, depend on rain; if you see them driving at sunset, come from what quarter they will, depend on a tempest approaching. Clouds that have a dusky hue and move slowly are laden with hail; if they have a blue cast, with large hail; if yellow, small.

The faster it rains, the sooner it will be over, and sudden rains never last long. But when the air grows thick, and the sun, moon, and stars shine dim, then it is likely to rain six hours successively.

When it rains an hour or two before sunrising, it generally clears before noon and continues so the whole day; if the rain sets in an hour or two after sunrising, it generally rains all day, unless the rainbow appears a little before the rain begins, and then it seldom lasts long.

When October and November are warm and rainy, January and February are frosty and cold; but if October and November be snow and frost, then January and February are open and mild.

I don't know if this will help or not, but the almanac has a better track record than the local weather guys with all their fancy equipment, so use your own judgement!

Now, coffee and iced tea is ready on the patio if anyone is interested! What say, my friends?


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

According to this we´ll have nice and warm weather here today (much as the weatherforcast says). The mist were light and left early :-)

Have a great day now!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Good morning Jim,

All my life I have heard weather related saying, like "Red in the morning, sailor's warning. Red at night, sailor's delight."

Also, if there is a heavy dew, never any rain before noon.

And about fishing, there are poems that predict the fishing by the wind direction. Will not bore you with them now.

Have a nice day and keep cool,

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
Great stuff, it is much more reliable than the weather folks. We had a good rain here in the afternoon yesterday who knows what today will bring but up here rain is welcome to keep away fire.
Coffee on the patio it is.

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
Nice that the weather is holding good for you. With your vacation coming up, maybe you'll get a chance to do the painting you wanted to do!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Dick...
Like you, I have heard a lot of weather sayings growing up! Most of them seem to hve a ring of truth to them.

I only hope that we can continue to have fairly good weather without any more big storms!

Thanks for the visit, my friend!

Hey JoJo...
Rain is always a good thing, if it comes a little at a time!

It certainly beats having any fire running wild in your area!

You have a good day now, sweetie and thanks for coming by today!

Phelan said...

What does it mean if at sunset, it looks like you are wearing rose colored glasses?

HermitJim said...

Hey Phelan...
In my case, it would probably mean that I'm about ready to pass out!

Sounds like you all had your work cut out for ya in the last week!

Might be a good time to hang on to those rose colored glasses...we might need them pretty soon!

Thanks for coming by today!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

One of my favorite sayings is "Mother Nature is a bitch". Thanks for another great lesson.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
Haven't heard that one, but I've thought it many times!

Thanks for coming by today!