sayings are of excellent value for short range
While they are
usually based on close observations they often have
However, there are some sayings that may be true to one
perhaps due to the topography but not be valid in a different area.
And they are rarely valid for more than the next few hours.
Red Sky at Night,
Sailor's Delight, Red Sky in
the Morning, Sailor's Warning.
This is a perennial weather saying that nearly everyone knows.
When the sun is low in the sky at dawn or dusk the rays are
more of the lower atmosphere.
And it is the dust and pollution in this layer which, filters
out the violet
and blue light, leaving mostly the reds and oranges.
When the atmospheric
pressure is high the lower air holds more
And as the weather, in the mid-latitudes of the northern
moves from west to east, the high pressure out to the west, in the
most likely coming your way.
Whereas the red sky in the morning indicates the high is now
out to your
east and so has passed, therefore low pressure is approaching.
not 24 hours
Another weather saying based on evidence.
Mackerel or fish scale cloud formations are high, thin
that that tend to appear in advance of an approaching storm system or
So, it’s a good guess that it will soon be raining.
Mackerel sky and
mares' tails make lofty ships
carry low sails.
'Mare’s tails' is a term used to describe those wispy, high,
clouds that are caused by strong winds high in the air.
So it stands to reason that if you have a Mackerel sky and
together, it is going to be wet and windy.
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Clear Moon, Frost
When there are no clouds to obscure the moon it also means
that there is no
cloud blanket to retain any heat that the earth absorbed during the day
surface will cool rapidly on a clear night.
the Sun or Moon, Means that Rain
will Come Real Soon.
The ring or halo which you see around the moon is caused by
the light being
refracted through cirro-stratus ice crystals.
The presence of these ice crystal clouds is often a sign that
front is on its way probably bringing rain and the brighter the circle,
greater the possibility.
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If the New Moon
Holds the Old Moon in Her Lap,
Expect Fair Weather.
When you look at a
new moon and can see the outline of the
rest of the moon
(the old moon) that which in shadow, the air must be clear and stable
for us to see faint objects in the sky.
So, it means that the weather is fair and is likely to stay
that way for a
A Rainbow in the
Morning Gives You Fair
In the morning, in the northern hemisphere a rainbow out to
the west is
caused by the sun in the east refracting on water droplets to the
And that moisture in the air will be heading east towards you.
Twist, Forget Your
I don’t know of a sailor’s equivalent to this weather saying,
possibly because ships’ rigging is often wet, regardless of the
It comes from the fact that natural hemp ropes have a tendency
to twist as
Weather Sayings are not the only signs that can
forewarn us of changes in the approaching weather.
Most animals are
receptive to environmental changes that we
mostly lost the ability to notice.
Seagulls, which normally scavenge at the waters edge or
offshore, will be
found well inland during stormy weather.
And other birds seem to adjust their flight levels according
pressure, flying lower as the pressure drops.
Though there are also those humans who will warn you by
moaning, as their
corns or bunions, bones, bad teeth, or old wounds start to play up when
barometric pressure drops.