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How many of these weather sayings do you recognise and is there any truth to them? In this article we look at some of these sayings and whether there is any science to back them up. Dating back thousands of years, weather forecasting had to rely less on scientific data and more on human experience. The sayings became particularly important in sailing and agriculture, as they looked for reliable forecasts ahead of time. The concept of "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.

Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning" first appears in the Bible in the book of Matthew. It is an old weather saying often used at sunrise and sunset to signify the changing sky and was originally known to help the shepherds prepare for the next day's weather. Despite there being global variations in this saying such as "Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors warning", the scientific understanding behind such occurrences remains the same. The saying is most reliable when weather systems predominantly come from the west as they do in the UK.

This scatters blue light leaving only red light to give the sky its notable appearance. A red sky at sunset means high pressure is moving in from the west, so therefore the next day will usually be dry and pleasant. This story originated with St. Swithun, the Bishop of Winchester in the Anglo-Saxon era. He initially requested to be buried outside where he said he might be subject 'to the feet of passers-by and to the raindrops pouring from on high.

This was said to be a result of the saint's anger at being moved. The location of the jet stream shortly after the summer solstice largely determines the following summer's weather. If the jet stream is located southerly then it is likely to be a more unsettled summer. If the jet stream is in a northerly position then the weather is likely to be brighter and dry throughout summer. However, this does not prove that heavy rainfall for St.

Swithun's Day and the following 40 days and nights could happen. In fact, since records began there has been no occurrence of rainfall for such a prolonged period of time. Rain before seven quits before eleven. If it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain every Sunday for 7 weeks. It will rain the same time the next day if the sun shines while it rains.

If the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 nd, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. When squirrels lay in a big store of nuts, look for a hard winter. Three days of heavy morning fog, watch for bad weather in 90 days. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. When bees stay close to the hive, rain is close by. When the forest murmurs and the mountains roar, close your windows and shut the doors. Moss dry, sunny sky, moss wet, rain you'll get.

Count the cricket chirps to tell the temperature. Count the seconds between lightning flashes and thunder booms to tell how far away the storm is. When smoke descends, good weather ends. Horse cows tails in the west — the weather is the best! Horse cows tails in the east is weather coming at the least.

Rain is on its way if people with curly hair find it curlier and people with straight hair find it straighter. Before a rain storm: Cats will clean themselves more and meow more, Cow and sheep will huddle together seeking comfort, Horses "switch and twitch" and sometimes bolt, Insects fly lower and bite more, and Birds chirp louder.

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Flies will swarm before a storm. When a rain storm is coming: dandelions close their blooms tightly, morning glories tuck in their blooms as if ready for a long nap, clover folds up its leaves, leaves on many trees rollup or show their underside, When leaves show their underside, be sure that rain betide. No dew at night, rain by morning. No dew at morning, rain by next day. April showers bring May flowers. March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion.

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Or March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Ring around the sun, time for fun. Long before modern meteorology and weather forecasting, people found ways to predict the weather.

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Much of this was done through catchy phrases or poems that were easy to remember. Many of the weather sayings that developed from observations were focussed around farmers and sailors because of their direct ties to nature. This lesson looks at popular Wisconsin weather sayings. This list of weather sayings is only a start of an on going list that can be generated. Every culture around the world has its own weather sayings. These come from sayings that are used in Wisconsin.

The following are scientific explanations for some of the Weather Sayings. Many can be explained through modern technology, some are steeped in local lore yet seem to, for unknown reasons, be somewhat correct. Weather Proverbs: True or False? Folklore Weather Forecasting includes weather proverbs of many types and suggested activities for studying them with a class.

Focus Questions What are some weather sayings proverbs that people in Wisconsin use? What are the scientific connections between these proverbs and meteorology?

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Learning Objectives Folklore: To understand that weather sayings are a part of daily life. To understand that weather sayings have a cultural link to a community. Language Arts: To differentiate between fact and fiction. To research phrase origins. To recognize rhyming patterns. Meteorology: To research weather patterns.

Preparing to Teach this Lesson This list of weather sayings is only a start of an on going list that can be generated. Weather Sayings: Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.

Rain Sailors Story by Richard Elliott

When the clouds look like horsetails, rain or snow will come in 3 days. When your bone joint hurt a storm is coming. When the wind howls around corners and cracks, and down chimneys rain is coming.