Red sky at night, sailor's delight;
Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.
Before the weather channel and satellite photographs, people
relied on folk wisdom to predict the weather. Some believe the accuracy of those proverbs is
as reliable as the weatherman.
What do you think?
Many of the weather proverbs have been used for thousands of years. Some are
simple superstition, but some are based on observation. The
problem is that even the conventional wisdom that is true was often developed in different parts of
the world and does not apply to where you live. As for the red sky, it may be
true if you live in the northern hemisphere.
A complete description of the accuracy of weather proverbs and folklore can
be found at USA
Eric Sloane has written an excellent book on weather proverbs called Folklore of
American Weather. This book is now, unfortunately, out of print but copies
can still be found in libraries.
Read the following weather proverbs and decide whether they
Must be true, may be true, or are not true.
When you think you know the answers, take the
1. If a squirrel stores many nuts, it means it will be a bad winter.
2. The higher the clouds, the better the weather.
3. If a groundhog sees its shadow on February 2, there will be 6
more weeks of winter.
4. Flies bite before a storm.
5. Frogs croak more than usual before a storm.
6. If corn husks are thicker than usual, a cold winter is ahead.
7. When smoke descends, good weather ends.
8. When a pine cone closes up, rain is on the way.
9. Clear moon, frost soon.
10. Ring around the moon, rain by noon; Ring around the sun, rain
before night is done.
Now you know the proverbs, or not?
Links to other sites:
North Carolina Traditional
Weather Lore from North Carolina.
The Farmer's Almanac
Arguably the most famous source for conventional weather wisdom.
The Weekend Gardener A
short list of proverbs to ponder.