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.
There’s no shortage of old-timey wisdom from the past. One saying you may have heard is “Knee High by the Fourth of July.” But what does it mean? We explain.
There are many folklore sayings about the weather, but the easiest ones to remember are the ones that rhyme. See how many of these popular weather lore rhymes you know!
Every generation has its own method for predicting the weather. What did they do before Doppler radar? See what we said in the 1837 Almanac.
What’s the meaning behind the “When it rains, it pours” slogan? And why does salt cake together on muggy or rainy days in the first place? Find out.