Predict the weather with our collection of weather proverbs and folklore about rain and clouds.
- Unusual clearness in the atmosphere, with distant objects seen distinctly, indicates rain.
- Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.
- 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.
- If it rains before seven, it will clear before eleven.
- Rain from the south prevents the drought, but rain from the west is always best.
- Anvil-shaped clouds bring on a gale.
- A cloud with a round top and flat base carries rainfall on its face.
- When small clouds join and thicken, expect rain.
- Black clouds in the north in winter indicates approaching snow.
- When there is enough blue sky to patch a Dutchman’s breeches, expect clearing weather
- A curdly sky will not leave the earth long dry.
- If you see clouds going crosswind, there is a storm in the air.
- Hen scarts and filly tails make lofty ships wear low sails.
- Clouds floating low enough to cast shadows on the ground are usually followed by rain.
- Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, never long wet, never long dry.
- If three nights dewless there be, ‘twill rain, you’re sure to see.
- If a heavy dew soon dries, expect fine weather; if it lingers on the grass, expect rain in 24 hours.
- With dew before midnight, the next day sure will be bright.
- If you wet your feet with dew in the morning, you may keep them dry for the rest of the day.
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Credit: Kassie Rogeness