Weather Sayings

Pick a weather saying to investigate.  Is it true?  How often?  Why does it work?  Take notes and write a paragraph that informs the reader about your saying.  Remember, you may use more than one source for informaiton!  Can your facts be verified by more than one site? READ AND THINK!

BASIC SAYINGS

Clouds:
The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.

When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers.

Mare's tails and mackerel scales make tall ships take in their sails.

Trace in the sky the painter’s brush,
The winds around you soon will rush.

When clouds look like chicken scratches or mare's tails it will soon rain.

When small clouds join and thicken, expect rain.

When clouds look like rocks and towers, the earth will be refreshed by showers.

High clouds indicate fine weather will prevail; lower clouds mean rain.

The more cloud types present, the greater the chance of rain or snow.

When clouds look like black smoke a wise man will put on his cloak.

Plants:
(Hint: You may have to write about a variety of plants instead of just one!)

Plants close their petals or leaves when rain is coming.

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.

When leaves turn their back ‘tis a sign it’s going to rain.

CHALLENGING SAYINGS

Wind:
No weather is ill, if the wind is still.

The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight,
Longer and stronger than those of the night.

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.

Thunder:
The sharper(louder) the blast (thunder), the sooner it’s past.

If you count the seconds between lightning and thunder, it will tell you how far away a storm is.

Humidity:
Catchy drawer and sticky door,
Coming rain will pour and pour.


Sun, Moon, and Stars:
Halo around the sun or moon, rain or snow soon.

A ring around the sun or moon means a storm is coming. Count the stars within the ring and rain will come in that many days.

When the stars begin to huddle the earth will soon begin to puddle.

When stars shine clear and bright,
We will have a very cold night.

Cold is the night . . .
When the stars shine bright.


Clear moon, frost soon.

The Classic Weather Saying:
(Hint: Weather in the U.S. moves from west to east.)

Red Sky at night, sailor's delight.  Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.

Evening red and morning gray speed the traveler on his way. Evening gray and morning red bring down rain upon his head.

Rainbow in the east, sailors at peace. Rainbow in the west, sailors in distress.

Rainbow in the morning, shepherds take warning; rainbow at night, shepherds’ delight.

Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning. (need clouds and rainbows site.)

Evening red and morning gray Are sure signs of a fine day.
Evening gray and morning red, put on your hat or you'll wet your head.

Animal Signs:

When cows lie down, expect a storm.

If birds fly low, then rain we shall know.

When sea birds fly to land there truly is a storm at hand.

Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand,
It's never good weather while you're on the land.

If crows fly low, winds going to blow;  If crows fly high, winds going to die.

Using Woolly Bears to predict the winter season...
The woolly bear caterpillar—with its 13 distinct segments of black and reddish-brown—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. Folklore says that if the brown stripe is wider than the black stripes, the winter will be long and harsh.

If the woolly worm's (a type of caterpillar) head is more black than colored, the coldest part of the winter will come in the first months of winter

If a cat washes her face o’er her ear,
‘tis a sign the weather will be fine and clear.

You can tell the temperature by the number of a cricket's chirps.



 

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