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Weather Folklore

Before there were weather apps for your smartphone, Doppler radar, or the National Weather Service, our ancestors were busy observing their natural surroundings and noticed that animal behavior, clouds, and other elements of nature gave clues about the weather to come.

 

The result: weather folklore — sayings, rhymes and anecdotes that were passed down from generation to generation. Weather lore is one of our favorite subjects here at Farmers’ Almanac, and It’s been a reader favorite since our very first edition in 1818.

 

Below is a collection from our archives.

Hurricane Weather Lore

Hurricane season peaks September 10! What signs from nature did our ancestors watch to warn against weather’s fiercest storm? Check out the list and watch the cows and alligators.

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Spring Weather Lore

While most of us are familiar with “April showers bring May flowers,” there are many other weather folklore sayings associated with the spring season, which is notorious for wild, crazy weather. Which of these have you heard?

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Helpful Hint…

It’s easy to make everyone’s favorite side dish! Just mix 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes with 1 egg and 1/4 cup flour. Shape into tot shapes, roll in panko breadcrumbs, and fry in vegetable oil until deep golden brown. For extra deliciousness, add 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese to the potato mixture!

Easy Homemade Tater Tots!

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous, 99% of full

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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