Thursday, July 4, 2013

Weather Lore

I have heard that using seaweed as a barometer is very effective and that people used to bring home a piece of seaweed and hang it on their porches.  If fine weather is predicted, the seaweed will be dry and crumbly.  If wet weather is coming, then it will expand and feel damp since it will absorb moisture from the air.

If trees show the lighter underside of their leaves, wet weather is a sure thing. (This is caused by the increasing moisture in the air which softens the leave stalks, causing them to turn over.)

If your cat gets extremely frisky, then expect high winds.

Dogs tend to get agitated before the arrival of a thunderstorm.  Of course, their keen ears hear it long before our pitiful human hearing detects the booming thunder.

If you see all of the cows in a field lying down and chewing their cud, rain is on the way.

A cat washing behind its ears is a sure sign of rain to come.

When the day is going to be hot and dry, spiders spin longer and larger webs.  If rain is coming, the webs are short and small or the spiders disappear altogether.

If a cock goes crowing to bed, he will surely wake with a watery head.  (If a rooster crows at night, there will be rain by the next morning.)

 Copyright 2013--All Rights Reserved--The Wheel & Distaff by Kimberly Burnette-Dean


  1. My cats have been washing behind their ears lately, and I saw the cows down the road lying down. Sure enough, we had rain. I also go by the size of the ant-hills—a high hill means heavy rain.

  2. Since you mentioned seaweed, that got me to thinking. We're so close to the open sea and have paid enough visits to tell that we haven't seen a single strand of seaweed. I suppose not every piece of coastline gets seaweed.

    1. I guess it just depends on your location. Either that or there are many seaweed-eating sea monsters close to you.


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