by Ernest Thompson Seton
When the dew is on the grass,
When the grass is dry at night,
When grass is dry at morning light,
Three days' rain will empty any sky.
A deep, clear sky of fleckless blue
When the wind is in the east,
An opening and a shetting
Open and shet,
It's lighting up to see to rain.
Evening red and morning gray
Red sky at morning, the shepherd takes warning;
If the sun goes down cloudy Friday, sure of a clear Sunday.
Between eleven and two
Rain before seven, clear before eleven.
Fog in the morning, bright sunny day.
A circle round the moon means "storm." As many stars as are in circle, so many days before it will rain.
Sudden heat brings thunder.
A storm that comes against the wind is always a thunderstorm.
The oak and the ash draw lightning. Under the birch, the cedar, and balsam you are safe.
East wind brings rain.
West wind brings clear, bright, cool weather.
North wind brings cold.
South wind brings heat. (On Atlantic coast.)
The rain-crow or cuckoo (both species) is supposed by all hunters to foretell rain when its "Kow, kow, kow" is long and hard.
So, also, the tree-frog cries before rain.
Swallows flying low is a sign of rain; high, of clearing weather.
The rain follows the wind, and the heavy blast is just before the shower.
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Last modified: August 20, 2012.