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Predicting Rain

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Do you ever wonder how some people just instinctively know when it is going to rain. A few have had knee surgery or have arthritis that is so bad, it hurts before it rains. But there are other signs of rainy weather including:

* Curly hair kinks and phone cords bind

* Bees stay close to their hives

* Swallows fly close to the ground

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* Birds stay perched on telephone wires

* Sound travels far and wide

* A cow scratches its ear

* Leaves show their backs

* Sheep collect and huddle

* Large halo around the moon

Put your observation skills to the test and you’ll be the neighborhood weather expert. One last rain indicator. For 20 years the Farmers’ Almanac has sold a unique weather prognosticator called the Maine Woodsman Weather Stick. It is made from Maine Balsam Fir and when mounted outside your home, will go up and down as the weather changes. It is an inexpensive stocking stuffer for Christmas or any time of the year. Go to our website and click on shop.

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