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Weather Forecasting

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Remember these clever rhymes written by Don Haggerty, author of Rhymes to Predict the Weather:

  • Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight.
  • Hens' scratching and mares' tails (referring to high altitude clouds) make tall ships carry low sails (this is good).
  • The lower they get (referring to low altitude clouds), the nearer the wet. 
  • A backing wind (referring to counterclockwise wind) says storms are nigh; a veering wind (referring to clockwise wind) will clear the sky.
  • If with your nose you smell the day (referring to humidity giving off plant scents), stormy weather's on the way.
  • Smoke rising high, clears the sky; when smoke descends, good weather ends.
  • When the dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass.
  • Ring around the moon (referring to high evening clouds), rain by noon; ring around the sun, rain before night is done.
  • When stars begin to muddle, the Earth becomes a puddle.
  • When the air gets light, the glass falls low (referring to barometric pressure); batten down tight, for the winds will blow.
  • Rainbow to windward (referring to damp air of a rainbow that is upwind), foul fares the day; rainbow to leeward, damp runs away.
  • Swallows flying way up high means there's no rain in the sky.


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