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Here are some weather sayings with acknowledgements to the book "The Story of Weather" by Bill Giles of the UK Weather Centre
April June and November
From January up to May
The rain it raineth every day
All the rest have thirty-one
Without a blessed gleam of sun
And if any of them had two-and-thirty
They'd be just as wet and twice as dirty.
No weather is ill, if the wind be still.
When the swallow's nest is high, summer is dry
When the swallow's nest is low, you can safely reap and sow.
Rain before seven, fine before eleven.
Infallible signs of Rainy Weather, from the Observations of divers Animals!
If Ducks or Drakes their Wings do flutter high
Or tender Colts upon their Backs do lie,
If Sheep do bleat, or play, or skip about,
Or Swine hide Straw by bearing on their Snout,
If Oxen lick themselves against the Hair,
Or grazing Kine to feed apace appear,
If Cattle bellow, grazine from below,
Or if Dogs Entrails rumble to and fro,
If Doves or Pigeons in the Evening come
Later than usual to their Dove-House Home,
If Crows and Daws do oft themselves be-wet,
Or Ants and Pismires Home a-pace do get,
If in the dust Hens do their Pinions shake,
Or by their flocking a great Number make,
If Swallows fly upon the Water low,
Or Wood-Lice seem in Armies for to go,
If Flies or Gnats, or Fleas infest and bite,
Or sting more than they're wont by Day or Night,
If Toads hie Home, or Frogs do croak amain,
Or Peacocks cry
Soon after look for Rain!
A cow with its tail to the West makes the weather best,
A cow with its tail to the East makes the weather least
Submitted by Jamie
Those who bathe in May, will soon be under clay,
Those who bathe in June bathe a bit to soon.
Submitted by Derek Pattison
A sunshiny shower won't last half an hour.
Submitted by Katherine
If the cat eats hay, then wait because on the next day, it will rain like a dog's day!
Submitted by Mona Haverman
Apples watered by St Swithin's tears are the most luscious.
Submitted by Christopher Koceja
Mackeral skies and mares tails make ships carry lowered sails.
Submitted by Lake Cottage
The rain it raineth every day
On the just and unjust fella.
But mostly on the just fella,
because the unjust stole the just's umbrella!
Submitted by Madeleine Shaner
The louder the frog, the more the rain.
If the oak is out before the ash then we are in for a splash
But if the ash is out before the oak we are in for a soak
Submitted by Karin Willis
Mares tales, storms and gales. Mackerel sky, not 24 hours dry.
Every wind has its weather!
Submitted by Christopher Carr from Quebec, who wonders if there are any weather sayings relating to the el Nino effect that has affected the lives of so many people.
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
When the wind is blowing in the North
No fisherman should set forth,
When the wind is blowing in the East,
'Tis not fit for man nor beast,
When the wind is blowing in the South
It brings the food over the fish's mouth,
When the wind is blowing in the West,
That is when the fishing's best!
Submitted by Roly Stuart-Jervis
Wind in the East - the Fish bite the least.
Wind in the West - the Fish bite the best.
Submitted by J.Yooper
|The following were submitted by Carol Saseen|
|Rain on Easter Sunday, it will rain the next 7 Sundays.
Fog goes a hoppin', rain comes a droppin'
Fog in January makes a wet Spring
Feb fog means a frost in May
Ash Wednesday wind continues in Lent
Cold is the night, when stars shine bright.
If smoke goes up - clear, smoke comes down - moisture on the way.
If you are gay, rain will not go astray
If you don't think, the sky will turn pink
If you are in pain, it will rain
Clouds are fake, think they are not real and they shall go away.
Submitted by (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The last Sunday in the month indicates
the weather of the next month.
When circle around the moon t'will rain
Submitted by Amber
When there are lots of berries on the dogberry tree,
it means its going to be a bad winter!
Submitted by Angela Le Feuvre and others
In the morning mountains.
In the evening fountains.
Submitted by Karyla Anderson
When Windows won't open,
If the moon shows a silver shield,
And the salt clogs the shaker,
The weather will favour
The umbrella maker!
Be not afraid to reap the field,
But if she rises haloed round,
Soon well tread on deluged ground.
If the moon shows a silver shield,
If you are in the east, then westerly brings the best.
If you are in the west, easterly is the feast.
|The following were submitted by Miharu|
|If fleecy white clouds cover the heavenly way, no rain should mar your plans that day.|
|Frost or dew in the morning light shows no rain before the night.|
|Mackeral sky and mares' tails make lofty ships carry low sails.|
|Ring around the Moon, the sign of rain; the larger the ring, the nearer the rain.|
|Seeds must be planted on a Full Moon!|
|Crickets can tell the temperature-just count the number of chirps per minute, add 10, and divide by 4
(or count the chirps for 14 seconds and add 32)
Mackeral sky, mackeral sky - never long wet, never long dry.
The smooth days of January will be paid for in February and March!
Both submitted by Christopher Carr
red sky at night, sailors delight!
red sky in the morning, sailors take warning!
Ne'er cast a clout, 'till May is oot
Submitted by Bruce McCartney
Button up to the chin till May be in
Submitted by David Blay from Nottingham
A cold May gives full barns and empty churchyards.
April snow breeds grass
Till April's dead,
Change not a thread.
Rain in January - full graveyards.
Submitted by Christopher Carr
If clouds look as if scratched by a hen
Get ready to reef your topsails then.
If the leafs are turning up, a storm is brewing!
Sumbitted by Jamie, (email@example.com)
When pigs carry straw to their sties,
bad weather may be expected.
If swans fly toward the wind, it is certain indication of a hurricane within 24 hours.
Sharks go out to sea at the approach of a wave of cold weather.
Ice in November to bear a duck,
The rest of the winter'll be slush and muck.
If cocks crow during a downpour, it will be fine before night.
some other weather links below
UK MET OFFICE
The Home Page of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office
THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC
Including daily quotes and farming advice.
BBC WEATHER CENTER
UK ROYAL METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Make your choice from the options on either side of the page!
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