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    norseman
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    Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  norseman on Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:13 am

    WEATHER LORE

    Weather Lore has for obvious reasons always been important in country areas.
    A Cunning Man could make a good steady income from accurately predicting the
    weather for local farmers. Listed below is a sample of popular sayings.


    Rain before seven, fine before eleven

    When March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb, when it comes in
    like a lamb, it goes out like a lion

    Three days rain will empty any sky.

    Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning; red sky at night, shepherd's
    delight

    Ice in November to bear a duck, the rest of the winter'll be slush and muck

    Warm October, cold February

    Evening red and morning grey, two sure signs of one fine day

    If clouds be bright, 'twill clear tonight. If clouds be dark, 'twill rain -
    d'ye hark

    A green Christmas makes a fat churchyard. A cold May gives full barns and
    empty churchyards

    Cast not a clout 'till May be out, 'Till April's dead, change not a thread

    When trout refuse bait or fly, there is ever a storm a nigh

    When the wind is in the east, 'tis neither good for man nor beast.

    Cows lying down is a sure sign of rain

    Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand, It's never good weather while you're on
    the land.

    A bright circle round the sun denotes a storm and colder weather

    A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow coming soon.

    A northern air, brings weather fair. The north wind doth blow, and we shall
    have snow .

    Always a calm before a storm

    The sudden storm lasts not three hours. The sharper the blast, the sooner
    'tis past

    When the clouds go up the hill, they'll send down water to turn a mill

    When grass is dry at morning light Look for rain before the night.

    If the ash is out before the oak, you may expect a thorough soak. If the oak
    is out before the ash, you'll hardly get a single splash

    When leaves show their undersides, be very sure that rain betides.

    If it rains on St Swithin's Day (15 July) then we shall have rain for forty
    days

    The moon and the weather may change together, But a change of the moon, will
    not change the weather

    When grass is dry at morning light Look for rain before the night.

    Dew on the grass, rain won't come to pass.

    When sea-gulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.

    The higher the clouds the better the weather.

    Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.

    Sound travelling far and wide, a stormy day betide.

    When the forest murmurs and the mountain roars, Then close your windows and
    shut your doors.

    Chimney smoke descends, our nice weather ends.

    When the ditch and pond offend the nose, Then look out for rain and stormy
    blows.

    The sharper the blast, the sooner 'tis past.

    If bees stay at home, rain will soon come, If they flay away, fine will be
    the day.

    When clouds look like black smoke a wise man will put on his cloak.

    A rainbow afternoon, Good weather coming soon.

    When the chairs squeak, it's of rain they speak.

    Catchy drawer and sticky door, Coming rain will pour and pour.

    Sun sets Friday clear as bell, Rain on Monday sure as hell.

    No weather's ill if the wind be still.

    When smoke hovers close to the ground, there will be a weather change.

    When down the chimney falls the soot Mud will soon be underfoot.

    When the sun shines while raining, it will rain the same time again
    tomorrow.

    When the wind blows from the west, fish bite best. When it blows from the
    east, fish bite least.

    Anyone like to add to the list ?
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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  sparkly on Sat Jan 30, 2010 11:04 am

    clouds like sheep's wool brings rain in 3 days....
    do you find these things still hold true...now with all the changes in weather patterns, due to global warming and stuff...
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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  Violet on Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:00 pm

    Thanks for this they're great, some of them I use myself but there's a few there I haven't heard



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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  Deepwaters on Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:06 am

    [quote norseman]A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow coming soon.[/quote]

    Unsurprisingly, there was a ring around the moon last night.

    Great sayings, norseman, I didn't know most of them.

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    Post  WitchyMama on Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:40 am

    I enjoyed this thread. That is quite a collection of weather lore, norseman! Is that from a particular book on folklore, or from your personal collection? Just curious, if there's a book or two I'd like to get them

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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  frisky fox on Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:16 am

    norseman wrote:WEATHER LORE

    Weather Lore has for obvious reasons always been important in country areas.
    A Cunning Man could make a good steady income from accurately predicting the
    weather for local farmers. Listed below is a sample of popular sayings.



    Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning; red sky at night, shepherd's
    delight

    variation to the red sky one ~ if one lives by the sea

    Red sky at night, sailors delight
    Red sky in morning, sailors take warning

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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  Kaere on Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:17 am

    That's the one I know :)

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    Re: Cunning Folk - Weather Lore

    Post  frisky fox on Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:17 am

    a ring around the moon, best not to get married in the month of June

    crickets chirp faster when it's warm, and slower when it's cold

    when windows won't open, and the salt clogs the shaker,
    the weather will favor the umbrella maker !

    when cats clean behind their ears, it's a sign of rain to come

    cows lying down mean wet weather to come

    fat rabbits in October and November,expect a long and cold winter AND more rabbits in the spring, lol !

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