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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
- 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
- When the air gets light, the glass falls low
(referring to barometric pressure); batten down tight, for the winds
- Rainbow to windward (referring to damp air of a
rainbow that is upwind), foul fares the day; rainbow to leeward, damp
- Swallows flying way up high means there's no rain in