According to folklore, many animals can predict the weather. Is Peter Cottontail among them? Find out!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.
To the ancient Romans, winter was a real beast! Learn more!Read More
Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose? If so, you might be interested in the origin of this enduring winter character. Learn more!Read More
Norse mythology had its own explanation for why winter is so dark. Learn more!Read More
Will-o-the-wisps are spooky floating lights believed to lead unwary travelers to their doom. Learn more!Read More
Learn what the Algonquin tribes believed was the cause behind the changing colors of fall.Read More
In ancient China, it was once believed that a dragon controlled the rain.Read More
The ancient Greeks created an elaborate myth to explain heat waves and droughts. Learn more!Read More
According to folklore, the weather on St. Swithin's Day determines the weather for the next 40 days. Learn why.Read More
The ancient Greeks believed the Sun traveled across the sky in a flaming chariot pulled by four fiery, winged horses. Learn more!Read More