Winter weather getting you down? Learn how to predict what may be coming next.Read More
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.
Can you catch a bird by putting salt on its tail? Find out.Read More
Learn about this warming weather pattern and what must be in place to make it officially an "Indian Summer."Read More
Are there signs from nature that indicate when rain will fall? Check out some of our favorite rainy day clues.Read More
Besides groundhogs, there are many animals that are known to have weather predicting abilities. Learn which ones predict what kind of weather here.Read More
Natural Signs of a Bad WinterRead More
According to weather lore, coffee supposedly can foretell what type of weather is in store for you. There is a belief that if the bubbles of coffee collect in the center of your cup, you can expect fair weather. If they adhere to the cup, forming a ring, you should expect rain. If they separateRead More
This unique phenomenon has been a cause of a lot of speculation and awe. Learn what it is and what causes this "fire."Read More
Choosing a date for your wedding is a big decision. Check out this old wedding folklore and see the rhyme for your marriage month!Read More
Some believe that if cows are lying down rain is on its way. Is this a good method of predicting rain? We have the answer.Read More