If you had the privilege of growing up on a farm or near the sea sailing, weather proverbs were a common thing. You could have heard these proverbs from your parents or grandparents. The interesting fact is that some of these proverbs were indeed true. Below are some weather proverbs which have survived the test of time and are still being used by many, despite the advancement in technology:
- When Frogs croak in a lagoon, it means it will be raining soon.
One of the most common weather proverbs. Frogs and toads are amphibians and are coldblooded. They can survive in temperatures that are humid and warm. Frogs can signal level of humidity in the air by croaking. This is their own way of being active in the environment around them. Coincidentally humid air always happens to be an assured prediction of rain.
- The coming of frost indicated by a moon that is clear.
A clear sky at night will not only give you a beautiful view of the stars and the moon, but also a romantic spot. When the sky is clear, then it simply means, the moon is un-shrouded and that there is minimal or no cloud cover. No clouds add up to falling temperatures. The frosting would be intense, but do expect a beautiful sight of ample frost.
- The long foretold, last longer: But the sudden and unexpected pass very fast:
That heavy downpour that comes of out of nowhere, intense and in 30 minutes later its gone leaving people so soaked wet. It’s very common to experience these kind of showers, luckily they are normally short-lived. When there is a change in the climatic condition that is gradual, it signifies that the changes are long lived, unlike the unexpected rapid changes that are always dramatic, they disappear the same way they came.
- The April snow helps in breeding grass.
During spring when you experience cool and wet weather, then it gives the grass an opportunity to have a strong growth come the month of May. April rains bring May flowers. The myth originated from the Northern regions that experienced late snows.
- A horizon storm comes with tooth aches and mouth presage.
This is a long confirmed fact that when the horizon is experiencing a storm, then you better be prepared for some pain in your cavities, even those who have fillings suffer the same predicament. This is because there is always a drop in pressure in the atmosphere.
- Sailors, Red Flag is they witness a morning rainbow, Good Luck if it’s a night rainbow.
A rainbow appears in the sky, but on the side that is opposite. In the morning the sun is up, and a rainbow at that time means the storm is coming from the West and will probably head your way, while at night the rainbow is eastwards and hence the storm will definitely pass away.
- If the nose is offended by the ditch and the pond, be on the lookout for some stormy blows.
Warm weather and ideal air pressure have a way of keeping natural scents at bay. Have you noticed that before it rains or when it rains all the nasty scents around you or your house are all of a sudden activated.
- Expect a longer downpour if the smell is stronger on your pipe.
Very similar to proverb number 7, the relation of strong smells with rain. The pipe in this case is the one that was smoked by your grandfather. If it rains, strong smells tend to be magnified and that’s why the aroma of that old tobacco will be strongest before a storm and during a storm.
- Drawers and doors getting stuck is signal of incoming rain.
Most properties are always affected by changes in the humidity levels. If your drawers and door frames and other wooden stuff in your place start getting stuck then it means that the wood has expanded and this is due to the presence of extra moisture in the atmosphere.
- Low sails of tall ships when there is a mare’s tail and a mackerel in the skies.
Definitely it’s not about the actual mares or mackerels. The idea here is looking at the shape of the clouds. The altocumulus cloud is the mackerel cloud, while the cirrus is considered the mare’s cloud. It’s a long known by sailors that the cloud’s consistency and shapes play an important role in the coming weather.
- Dry grass in the morning, means foul rainfall before the end of the night.
Dew on the grass is not a sign of coming rain, but a sign that it had rained before. Dew is formed when the night is clear and the conditions are humid. When dew is formed, get ready for a clear day. Cloudy nights mean no dew in the morning, but they predict coming storms.
- Presence of dew means no rains ahead.
The reasoning behind this weather proverb is complex. Simply put, when you see dew it means the atmospheric pressure is high. When the barometric pressure is high, then be certain of a clear weather.
- Clouds looking like towers and rocks come with constant frequent showers.
Clouds that are associated with heavy rains tend to have very distinctive appearance and shapes that most of the times will look like rocks, towers or even boulders stuck together.
- “Wind blowing from the east, perfect for both man and beast.
Wind blowing from the north, old folks should stay indoors.
Wind blowing from the south, fishes to expect plenty of bait.
Wind blowing from the west, the best wind.”
Understanding and being able to interpret the direction of the wind can prove to be very helpful in weather predictions. Winds from the eastern side are an indication of lower pressures and rain ahead. Southern wind also means humidity in the air. Westerly winds are loved by many since they are the best.
- Descending smoke indicates an ending to a good weather.
Have you wondered why sometimes the fire will not go up and instead begin spiraling downwards instead? This is caused by a decrease in the barometric pressure, which is very common before a storm begins.
- Clouds moving against the direction of the wind are an indication of rain.
When you see the clouds and the wind moving in opposite directions, then it simply means the wind is heading to where there is high altitude. High altitude causes turbulence that in turn causes stormy weather.
- The reddish face of the moon, she is speaking of water.
This is not about the eclipse. Before the start of a poor weather, you will first experience low pressure that will cause the composition of the atmospheric dust. When this happens the moon will have a reddish color, very visible when the moon is clear. Hence a clear indication of what is coming.
- New moon carrying old moon in the lap, expect a fair weather.
The crescent shape of the moon, makes the part that is shadowed to be totally invisible. But then this is not always the case, high air pressure will make the dark condition be very visible. One can clearly see the dark part’s outline and it’s like its lap sitting on the lighter part.
- The moon or the sun having a ring around them predicts coming rain.
Many might think that it’s a trick, but then at one point or another you must have noticed that there is something like a wedding band/ ring covering the sun or the moon. Well the rain is a sign of humid air and warmth, which are a good recipe for rain. The halo on the sun/moon mean coming storms.
- Braying of the donkey indication of coming rain.
Strange, isn’t it? Well a donkey isn’t an amphibian, so why is their logic similar to the ones used when frog croaks to indicate poor weather. Coming rain makes bones to aches, this doesn’t apply to human beings only. The low pressure will also make people more irritable. Common to hear dogs acting up before the downpour. Donkeys behave in the same way, and their braying is just a simple sign of the coming rain.
- A sharper blast lasts the shortest time.
When you experience terrible weather that is torrential, brace up, since it will not last for long. But when you are in rainy weather that is slow and steady, you better be prepared for long days of intense raining.
- If it rains before seven, then by eleven expect a clear weather.
A little tricky and easy to misinterpret, what is being talked about is just light showers. When the night is clear, fogs will appear due to heat conduction, this occurs only at dawn or at night (but doesn’t last the day). When the fog thickens it can cause little showers, since it’s an imitation of rain, its short-lived, and that’s where this phrase comes into context. So fog rain in the early morning should not worry you.
- Among the ash and the oak, which one breaks bud the first? Ash breaking first, then chokes, if its oak then splashes.
The weather proverb talks about which of the two trees will enjoy the first budding. If it’s the ash trees break first, then expect a summer season that is wet.
- Many spiders spinning their unique webs shows the end of their spell.
The animal planet considers the spiders as very unique and their webs happen to be one of the most unique works of nature. The webs are associated with the humidity level at all times, and that’s why you will find the webs in corners or dark places. Excess humidity will definitely weigh the spider web down, and that’s why during the rain you will find the spiders are scarcer and so is their webs, dry season will make the spiders expand the webs to catch more insects.
- Low falls in the glass, watch out for a coming blow, high falls let the kites fly.
The glass in this case is the barometer/ mercury glass, used in measuring the barometric pressure. The barometric pressure for many years has been measured by using rudimentary tools, and this means the actual measurements of the barometric pressure has been present for a long time.
- Consecutive rains for three days will totally empty the sky.
Well, this can be disputed and in some rare cases the proverb has been disputed. This is very true and applicable in the Northern Region of America. This region cannot experience more than 3 days of rain. On the third day the rain literally stops.
- The best scents from flowers come before it begins to rain.
Polite poetry is what many would call this, it’s a good predictor of coming rain. The increase in humidity heightens our smelling sense, and as we know high humidity comes with the likelihood of it raining. So if the flowers smell extra good, then better be ready for a coming storm.
- High geese honk adds up to fair weather. Low geese honk means foul weather.
The funny fact is that goose always honk the same way, despite the different weather conditions. They only change the distance, which in turn will change the sound we hear when they honk. These birds invests in a lot in their annual migration, but then this proverb relates to the barometric pressure and the flying style of geese. When the barometric pressure is low then the goose will fly low, which means rain is just around the corner.
- When a fleece that is wooly goes ahead to bestow itself in a heavenly way, then expect no rains.
Very poetic and quite complex. However, once you shift your mind form the actual fleece and start looking at the sky for a fleece that is wooly in the clouds, then you will understand the proverb. The scattered cumulus cloud is the wooly fleece cloud. This cloud indicates a clear day with no rains.
- A sailor’s delight when they see a red sky with the stars, but a warning if the red sky is at sunrise.
If you plan on spending some time on the water, it’s always good to have a few tips when it comes to reading the sky. Dry weather can be determined by the appearance of dusk or dawn. Dry weather is indeed by a sunset that is bright red in color. But sunrises that are ruby and very beautiful come with heavy downpours in the sea.
- Sticky salt that is heavier in weight talks of coming raining.
Clumping together of salt is very common, but then what many of us don’t know that it’s related to a weather condition. Salt suck up the atmospheric moisture, when the humidity is high. If you try to use the salt shaker, but no slat is coming out, then better reach out for your umbrella, because it is going to rain soon.
- Aching joints and rainy weather.
Well, this is an old weather myth and a proverb. Since the beginning of time, before it starts to rain we tend to experience some pain in the joints. There seems to be a scientific explanation of this fact. Decrease in barometric pressure leads to decrease of pressure exerted on the body. Hence the injured joints will start to swell and ache.