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.
Here is a quick video aabout the acorn bombardment at my home. I have heard similar stories from many parts of the US.
Is this saying about March true? We take a closer look at this bit of weather folklore.
Ever hear the weather lore: “Year of snow, crops will grow”? Think about it this way: Sub zero temperatures mean that snowfall is much lighter because there isn’t much water vapor in the air When temperatures are closer to 32 degrees Fahrenheit snowfall can be