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Whether hot or cold, it’s all weather


February 6, 2012
Billie Shelton , The Daily Freeman Journal

So, according to the groundhog at least, we are going to have six more weeks of winter after he saw his shadow last week. I don't know about you, but if we get six more weeks of winter like we've already had that would be just fine with me.

Hearing once again the old groundhog story about how we think we can predict winter via a ground hog and a shadow got me wondering about other weather folklore, sayings, and old wives' tales we've all heard over the years - and some we haven't. I do remember singing, "Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day," on dreary days when I was growing up.

And I recall a favorite weather saying of a man I once knew. I think it was "Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight." That's something like "Rainbow in the east, sailors at peace. Rainbow in the west, sailors in distress."

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I've never thought of looking at the stars to predict rain, but maybe I should, according to this old saying: "When the stars begin to huddle, the earth will soon begin to puddle." It turns out you can also predict the start of rain by watching an animal: "When a cow tries to scratch her ear, it means a shower is very near."

Too bad my dad never knew this one (or maybe he did): "The more rain, the more rest; fair weather's not always best." He probably did get some rest from his farming operation when it rained, yet I remember if there was too much rain he was cranky. But when it rained, then we got to go to town, always a good thing in my book.

This bit of weather folklore is interesting: "It rains as long as it takes to come." Another saying I came across also has something to do with how long the rain will last: "Rainbow at noon, more rain soon." Or "Rain before seven, quit by eleven."

We probably all know the old wives' tale about woolly worms that says the darker they are in the fall, the harder the winter will be. This bit of folklore is an interesting twist on that: "Onionskin is very thin, mild winter is coming in. Onionskin is thick and tough, winter will be cold and rough."

In these technical in which we live, there are numerous ways to know what the weather is doing or will be doing. But, still, these old-time sayings about predicting the weather are fascinating. Besides, whether it's techy or natural - as the old saying goes - "Whether it's cold or whether it's hot, we shall have weather, whether or not."



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