These sayings were found in a little 10-cent, spiral note book of mine, from more than a half century ago. Except for those attributed to Kansans, the remainder probably came from my mother who was born on a farm northwest of Lake View, in Sac County, Iowa, and lived there most of her life.
Red in the morning, sailor's warning; red at night, sailor's delight.
―Red p.m. Nice next day
Yellow sunset (sun of coppery
hue), stormy weather coming.
Mare's tail, lambs fleece, mackerel clouds (ribbed, wavy) ―usually rain within 24 hrs.
If chickens run for shelter when it begins to rain, the shower won't last long. If, however, they stand out in it and eat, it will be lasting.
Rain before seven, quit before
true, Mom says.
When wind shifts with the
movement of the sun during the day, change of weather.
Circle around moon, change of
weather―number of stars
within circle, tells number of days till change.
Northeast wind brings snow.
Roosters crowing in the
afternoon, sign of weather changing.
If lake water or creek looks muddy, troubled, it's a sign of rain.
Water pipes sweat, sign of rain.
Hear sounds long distance at night (e.g., train), sign of rain.
back means change of weather.
If chickens come out during a rain, it won't last.
If cows run around like crazy or come running home, it's a sign of weather change.
Before a bad storm, cattle move to higher ground.
If sky looks hazy or dirty, it's a sign of weather change.
Wind will be in
the direction of a meteor's fall, the next day.
Lightning in February, frost in May
Wet salt, sign of wet weather.
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