We all know about Punxsutawney Phi, the groundhog, and his “ability” to predict the upcoming weather on Groundhog Day each year. A groundhog seeing his shadow seems a bit of a strange way to decide whether we will be having six, more weeks of winter or an early spring, doesn’t it? Do you know about these other methods or folklore people have used to predict the upcoming weather? Some methods are based loosely on science, while others are purely folklore passed down through generations.
- Red at night, sailors delight. Red in the morning, sailors take warning. – If the sky appears pink or red in the evening, the weather for the next day should be nice. If it is red or pink in the morning, there should be a storm later in the day.
- Ring around the moon, rain coming soon. A halo around the moon is produced when light from the moon reflects across ice or water crystals. Therefore it is believed that rain will be coming if you see one.
- Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning. Rainbows occur after rain. Therefore, if you see one and it hasn’t rained in your area, you are likely to experience a rainstorm very shortly.
- Clear moon equals frost soon. When there is no cloud cover to absorb the earth’s heat, it can cool quickly, hence the anticipation of frost on the ground.
- If a fly lands on your nose, swat it till it goes. If the fly then lands again, it will bring back heavy rain. Insects tend to fly closer to the ground when bad weather is approaching.
- Check the Woolly Bear caterpillar’s rings. The wider that middle brown section is, the milder the coming winter will be. If the brown bands are narrower, a harsh winter is supposed to come.
While all of these weather predictors may seem strange, it is always a good idea to prepare for the worst and hope for the best when it comes to Mother Nature and her weather. Call us for information on how to protect you home and family from any weather than may come our way.