Weather and old wive’s tales

Today I have an extra special treat for all of you-a guest post by the homestead weather gal!  She is friend of mine from my Air Force days and a super duper weather chick.  If you like what she had to say, leave a comment and let her know, this is her very first blog post :)  happy homesteading!

As the season begins to change, I begin to wonder how harsh or mild this coming winter will be. While I could delve into the science and climatology aspects of what the coming months hold, I choose not to. (you should be breathing a sigh of relief here) Facts and figures are only part of figuring out what the weather will be.

Take a walk outside and wait. Listen. And feel. How does the air feel? Is the wind out of the south? Is the sky shrouded in a milky blanket of clouds? You should prepare for a change in the weather within about 24 hours time. How many heavy fogs did you have in August? That may very well be the number of heavy snowstorms you’ll have this coming winter; or at least that’s the rule my grandmother followed.

Just the other day I saw my first wooly bear caterpillar. I’m sure many of you may have heard the story about these animals. The story goes that the darker the fur on the caterpillar, the harsher the winter will be. Could this be true as well? I’ve done my research on this one, but I’d be interested to hear what everyone else thinks…

No matter where you live, there are many old-wives tales that help people do their own weather predicting. One thing I know for sure is that nature has all the answers, if you just stop for a minute and look around you.

3 thoughts on “Weather and old wive’s tales

  1. It is not a true forecast, but if you look at the leaves on deciduous trees, you can tell when a storm is coming- even if there is not a cloud in the sky. The leaves are reacting to the sudden increase in humidity that usually precedes a storm.

    And, there is always the “pink sky at night” adage. It is amazing how much we can learn from observing the creation around us.

    Great post.

  2. So…one foggy morning in August and nearly black wooly bears….sounds like we’re in for a cold winter without too much snow! Those are the winters we worry about frozen pipes, because there’s no snow for insulation!
    I’ve always been told to look for bumper crops of acorns, hickory nuts and apples, too—no apples this year where I am!
    Thanks for sharing!

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