One ancient culture believed the Sun was a distraught mother, looking for her child. Learn more!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.
Mother Earth is a common figure in the mythology of many ancient cultures. The Greeks called her Gaia. Learn more!Read More
The Japanese once believed the wind was controlled by a monster named Fūjin. Learn more!Read More
What does St. Lucy's Day have to do with a white Christmas? Find out!Read More
The Ojibwe believed winter came in the form of a white-haired old man. Learn more!Read More
Are "cold spots" in rooms caused by paranormal activity?Read More
The ancient Greeks believed the seasons were each ruled by a different goddess. Learn about Xarpo, the lady of Autumn.Read More
The ancient Greeks believed a hundred-handed monster was behind hurricanes. Learn more!Read More
What does this old weather lore saying about a red sky predict about the weather to come? We have the answer.Read More
No natural phenomenon captures the imagination quite like rainbows. Read about the myths and the facts behind these beautiful bands of light!Read More