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Know your weather lores?

Now here’s something completely different…

Over the decades and centuries there have been many weather lores and proverbs relating specifically to our skies above.Some of them didn’t always seem to make sense but have stood the test of time.

They  appear rather quirky and do any of them have a ring of truth?.Quite a few of the following might be new to you however there could be one or 2 that might ring a bell… 

Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight- 
Red sky in morning, sailor take warning

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

Chimney smoke descends, our nice weather ends.

When stars shine clear and bright,
We will have a very cold night.

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

Three days rain will empty any sky.

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.

The first and last frosts are the worst.

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

A rainbow afternoon,
Good weather coming soon.

A rainbow in the morning, is the shepherd’s warning
A rainbow at night is the shepherd’s delight.

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

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

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 is in the east, ’tis neither good for man nor beast.

If you know of any others please let us know and we’ll pass them on!


Rumbelly Russ on 24/02/2012 3:45am

Admiral William Henry Smyth’s A Sailor’s Wordbook from 1867 as follows:

“Dutchman’s breeches, the patch of blue sky often seen when a gale is breaking, is said to be, however small, ‘enough to make a pair of breeches for a Dutchman’.”

There seems to be variants of this traditional saying.

WW Forecast Team on 24/02/2012 3:59am

Nice and thanks 🙂

Melissa on 24/02/2012 3:26am

Forked lightning at night, the next day clear and bright.
When the wind backs, and the weatherglass falls, then be on your guard against rain and squalls.
Lightning strikes more trees than blades of grass
Thunder in the morning, all day storming : Thunder at night is the traveller’s delight.
Every wind has it’s weather.
Seagull, seagull.stay on the sand; it’s never fair weather if your over land.

WW Forecast Team on 24/02/2012 4:00am

Excellent Meliss and appreciate it!



Guest on 24/02/2012 3:15am

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight-
Red sky in morning, sailor take warning

I always knew this as Shepherd’s not sailor’s

WW Forecast Team on 24/02/2012 3:56am

There seems to be 2 versions and both are now quite common.

Thanks.. WW

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