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Joined: 2009-08-07

I am wondering if anyone can clairify something for me. My mother who was from Michigan always told me that when the crescent moon was tilted sideways that it was a sign of wet days ahead and when like a bowl for dry. I live in Arkansas and the locals tell me the opposite, that a tilted crescent means dry because it is empty..

Joined: 2009-08-07
How interesting! I don't

How interesting!

I don't know the answer, but hope someone else will shed some light on the subject!

Joined: 2009-12-21

My parents and grandparents often told me the same thing. When the crescent moon was tilted forward, if you will, in other words, when the points are facing somewhat downward, that meant rain. When it was tilted backward or, as you say, like a bowl, that meant dry weather. So, while I don't know the answer, and I don't know that a definitive answer evens exists, know that I have heard the same thing. Perhaps we need to watch what weather conditions come along after we see those crescent tilts.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Sounds Like Arkansians Have a Sense of Humor


I think someone's pullin' your leg.

There's a bunch of Lore out on the Web, must be careful as it's hard to say who may be borrowing from whom.

This reference went back a ways and was copyrighted:

“The moon and the weather
May change together;
But change of the moon
Does not change the weather”

“If the moon lies on her back, She sucks the wet into her lap.”

“Tipped moon wet: cupped moon dry.”

The moon has virtually no affect at all on the weather. Certainly, the way a crescent moon’s horns point has nothing to do with the weather. This is purely a function of the moon’s orbit.

Copyright © 2001 by Jerry Wilson

I haven't tracked whether this saying is true or not, anybody else have their observations?

Joined: 2009-08-07
Agribusiness Week Magazine

... has an article as to how some of these sayings are based in fact:


"Weather Lore Has Scientific Basis"


Joined: 2009-08-07
Nice find Redmink


Joined: 2009-08-07


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