Hurricane season begins June 1st! What signs from nature did our ancestors watch to warn against weather's fiercest storm? Check out the list and watch the cows and alligators.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.
Does the old saying, "lightning never strikes twice in the same place" hold true? Find out what Mother Nature has to say about it!Read More
When you’re feeling extremely happy or blissful, you might feel you’re “on cloud nine.” But what on earth does being happy have to do with clouds? And why cloud nine? Find out!Read More
What's the meaning behind the “When it rains, it pours" slogan? And why does salt cake together on muggy or rainy days in the first place? Find out.Read More
While most of us are familiar with "April showers bring May flowers," there are many other weather folklore sayings associated with the spring season, which is notorious for wild, crazy weather. Which of these have you heard?Read More
Folklore says these animals are the ones to observe closely!Read More
Our ancestors observed bird behavior to predict the weather. How many of these old sayings about feathered forecasters, plucked from folklore, do you know?Read More
Do these old weather lore rhymes still hold water today? And what do they have to do with fish?Read More
More signs from nature of what we can expect for the winter ahead include how the wasps are building their nests. What are they doing in your back yard?Read More
In ancient Japan, it was believed that the Sun was a Goddess.Read More