In Norse mythology, thunderstorms were believed to be caused by the god Thor riding into battle. 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.
The ancient Greeks believed there were four wind gods — one representing each cardinal direction — each with a personality of his own. Learn more.Read More
Before we knew what caused the cycle of seasons, the ancient Greeks had their own explanation. Learn more!Read More
Before we knew about hypothermia, the ancient Japanese blamed an evil snow woman spirit. Learn more!Read More
Will it snow? Here are some signs from nature you may want to look for.Read More
We all know that it isn't possible for the clouds to open up and hurl household pets to the Earth. So why does the English language include this oddity? We explain.Read More
It is hot. It is humid. With this ongoing heat wave around the country, I don’t think anyone is seriously thinking about winter, except maybe the squirrels in my neighborhood.Read More
Become your own weather forecaster. Check out these 5 weather sayings and learn what they mean.Read More
Perhaps you’ve heard the old proverb that warns not to plant until after the “Three Ice Men” have passed, but do you know who these mysterious Ice Men are? We explain.Read More
Do your joints really ache worse when cold, wet weather is on the way or is that just a myth? Find out!Read More