Whether it’s spring winds along the Eastern shores, blowing snow of winter blizzards, or the Santa Ana winds out west, wind is a powerful weather maker. With that in mind, we did some digging in our files on weather lore “swirling” around wind. How many of these have you heard?
Wind Weather Lore
When the wind is in the north, the skillful fisher goes not forth.
When the wind is in the east, ’tis good for neither man nor beast.
When the wind is in the south, it blows the flies in the fish’s mouth.
When the wind is in the west, there is it the very best.
‘Tis well to sail when the south winds begin to blow.
When wind comes before rain,
Soon you make sail again.
Blow the wind never so fast,
It will fall at last.
A southerly wind with showers of rain will bring the wind from the west again.
North winds send hail, south winds bring rain,
East winds bewail, west winds blow a main;
North-east is too cold, south-east not too warm,
North-west is too bold, south-west doth no harm.
The sharper the blast,
The sooner it’s past.
The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight
Longer and stronger than those of the night.
If wind rises at night
It will fall at daylight.
If on the twelfth of January the Sun shines,
it foreshadows much wind to come.
And our favorite:
If the wind be still, no weather is ill.