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“Old Wives Tales” of Weather Forecasting: How to Forecast the Weather Like it’s 1492

Wow! My toe is twitching…rain must be coming.

This is just an idea of how back in the day our ancestors were able to predict the weather that was coming. I just love sitting around with an elderly person and listening to how things were back then and how they still believe in the old family ways over new modern technology. Hundreds of years ago, people really had to depend on their surrounds to help predict the weather. They watched everything around them, from the sky to the earth, and how the animals were acting.

Red Sky at Morning

The oldest known wives tale is: “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” This was used by men at sea to predict the weather that would help them know how rough they could expect the water, along with the weather.

Groundhog Day

Every February 2, we still practice a world known wives tale that is Groundhog Day. All over the United States we sit by our TVs and watch the festivities for which the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is so famous. They coax Punxsutawney Phil out of his home and hold him up for the entire world to see.

Oh my, as we sit biting our nails and chewing on our bottom lips…. Will he or will he not see his shadow??? If Phil sees his shadow, it is believed that we will have an early spring; if he does not, then we will have six more weeks of winter.

Now how would you like to depend on this beauty of a creature to predict all your weather?


The Weather is an important part of our lives. It determines if we are going to the beach today or if we are going shopping for hurricane supplies. Yes, just the mention of a hurricane and I get the heebie-jeebies up my spine. There is not a thing that we can do to change Mother Nature; she has a mind of her own, and no aching joint or lying down cow can change it.

Another old wives tale of predicting the weather is by watching your animals, and I will have to say that this is true. Before bad weather, my cat (Tootie) starts getting really nervous; then when the storm gets close, she is under the bed, and you will not see her again until the storm is over.

To Sum It All Up

I found this picture on the Internet and it just cracked me up, and I had to share it with you. It sums the weather up so nicely:

I am so thankful that I live today in a world where we have all the instruments and knowledge and can be forewarned of approaching weather like tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, twisters, tsunamis, and even afternoon showers.

Some Funny Weather Folklore

  • New and weather; they travel together.
  • Rain, rain go away; come back another day.
  • The chill is on, near and far, in all the months that have an “R.”
  • A sunshiny shower won’t last half an hour.

And my favorite one of them all is… “Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot; we shall have weather, whether or not!”

Well, good golly, my toe has stopped twitching, and it looks like the sun is coming out. I think my hunny bunny and I will do a little backyard grilling.

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