The Most Accurate Weather Proverbs

Q. There are so many weather sayings/folklore. Which ones do you feel are the most accurate?

A. While many weather sayings are rhymes that have been handed down generation after generation, most are based on observations made by farmers and people who looked at nature for clues to forthcoming weather. Here at the Farmers’ Almanac, we think that the following are more often true than not: large halo around the Moon indicates cirrus cloud forming, and approaching rain or snow; smoke that curls downward and lingers means an approaching storm; a veering wind (to the north) is a sign of fair weather, and a backing wind (to the south) means rain, and rain is most frequent at the turn of the tide, if the air is humid.

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