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.
Learn what the Algonquin tribes believed was the cause behind the changing colors of fall.
According to weather folklore, the weather on St. Swithin’s Day, July 15, determines the weather for the next 40 days. Is there any truth to it? And who was St. Swithin? We explain.