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Newfoundlandand & Labrador Weather Lore

  • A severe summer denotes a windy autumn.
  • A backing wind says storms are nigh.
  • A circle around the moon means rain. The closer the circle is to the moon the worse the weather will be. The opening circle indicates what way the wind will blow.
  • A cold May gives full barns and empty churchyards.
  • A cow with its tail to the West makes the weather best, a cow with its tail to the East makes the weather least.
  • A lot of dogberries on the trees in the fall mean a hard winter ahead.
  • A month that comes in good goes out bad.
  • A rainbow afternoon, good weather coming soon.
  • A rainbow in the morning, is the shepherd’s warning.
  • A rainbow at night is the shepherd’s delight.
  • A rainy spring, a severe summer.
  • A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow coming soon.
  • A severe summer, a windy autumn.
  • A warm Christmas; a Cold Easter.
  • A windy winter a rainy spring;
  • A summer fog for fair, a winter fog for rain (ground fog is summer indicates fair weather, whereas ground fog in winter forecasts rain).
  • A veering wind will clear the sky.
  • After the sun crosses the line in September, watch the wind and weather for the following days. Each day is said to forecast the weather for the individual months ahead.
  • Ants are busy, gnats bite, crickets sing louder then usual spiders come down from their webs, and flies gather in houses just before rain and possible severe storms.

 

  • Before a storm, cows will lie down and refuse to go out to pasture.
  • Birds flying close to the ground is a sign of rain.
  • Brilliant Northern Lights foretell a fine day and then a storm.
  • Birds on a telephone wire indicate the coming of rain.

 

  • Catchy drawer and sticky door, coming rain will pour and pour.
  • Chimney smoke descends, our nice weather ends.
  • Clear nights – cold days (this is especially true in winter, early spring, and late fall, and especially after a rain).
  • Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.

 

  • Dandelion blossoms close before a storm.
  • Dew on the grass, rain won’t come to pass.
  • Dogs always howl more before a storm.
  • Dust rising in dry weather is a sign of approaching change.

 

  • Evening red and morning gray are sure signs of a fine day.
  • Evening gray and morning red put on your hat or you’ll wet your head.
  • Expect rain and maybe severe weather when dogs eat grass (This almost always happens before we have a major outbreak of rain storms).

 

  • Flowers close up before a storm.

 

  • Hard frost in autumn is a sign of south wind and rain.
  • Horses run fast before a violent storm or before windy conditions.

 

  • If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.
  • If bees stay at home, rain will soon come, if they flay away, fine will be the day.
  • If Candlemas Day was clear and fine, the worst of winter is left behind; if it was dark and glum, the worst of winter is yet to come.
  • If salt is sticky, and gains in weight, it will rain before too late.
  • If rocks shine or stand up in the water, it’s a sure sign of cold easterly wind.
  • If the bull leads the cows to pasture, expect rain; if the cows precede the bull, the weather will be uncertain.
  • If you step on a black beetle or spider it will rain.
  • If wasps build their nests high, the winter will be long and harsh.
  • It will be a cold, snowy winter if; squirrels accumulate huge stores of nuts; beavers build heavier lodges than usual; hair on bears and horses is thick early in season; and the breastbone of a fresh-Cooked turkey is dark purple.

 

  • Mackerel sky and mares’ tails make the sailor furl his sails.

 

  • No weather’s ill if the wind be still.

 

  • On fine evenings when the sky is red or if the sun goes down in a bank (black cloud) it could be a day.

 

  • Pigs gather leaves and straw before a storm.

 

  • Rain before seven, fine before eleven.
  • Redbirds or Bluebirds chatter when it’s going to rain.
  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning sailors take warning (a red sunset is a sign of fine weather and a red dawn is a sign of rain and storm).
  • Rote from the shore on a calm night indicates wind from that direction the following day.

 

  • Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand, it’s never good weather while you’re on the land.
  • Signs of rain: soot falling to the ground; dogs sleeping throughout the day; spiders very active; rheumatic pains with elderly people.
  • Sound travelling far and wide, a stormy day betide.
  • Sun sets Friday clear as bell, rain on Monday sure as hell.

 

  • The farther the sight, the nearer the rain.
  • The first and last frosts are the worst.
  • The higher the clouds the better the weather.
  • The moon and the weather may change together, but a change of the moon, will not change the weather.
  • The severity of winter is determined by how far down the feather’s have grown on a partridge’s rock.
  • The sight of large schools of herring racing towards land is a sign that a gale of wind is imminent.
  • The sky turns green in a storm when there is hail.
  • The squeak of the snow will the temperature show.
  • The sudden storm lasts not three hours, the sharper the blast, the sooner ’tis past.
  • The sun drawing water – abide home with wife and daughter.
  • The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight, longer and stronger than those of the night.
  • To dream of horses is a sign with sailormen that storms will come.
  • Trees showing the undersides of their leaves foretell rain.

 

  • Watch the new moon. If you can hang a powder horn on the lower rim of the crescent, it is a sign of stormy weather.
  • When cats are very playful, they are said to gale up the weather.
  • When the chairs squeak, it’s of rain they speak.
  • When clouds look like black smoke a wise man will put on his cloak.
  • When clouds appear like rocks and towers, the earth’s refreshed by frequent showers.
  • When distant hills appear near, rainy weather is coming.
  • When ditch and pond affect the nose, look for rain and stormy blows (when storms draw near, odours increase).
  • When dogs in your house start looking paranoid expect very heavy sleet for 5 hours.
  • When dogberries are plentiful it’s a sign of a hard winter to follow.
  • When down the chimney falls the soot, mud will soon be underfoot.
  • When forests murmur and mountains roar, close your windows and shut the door (when sound travels long distances, expect rain soon).
  • When goats come home from the hills, expect rain soon.
  • When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night.
  • When gulls fly high, stormy weather may be expected.
  • When High meets Low it doth blow (meaning, when high pressure meets low pressure strong winds are forecast soon).
  • When it is evening you say, “It will be fair, for the sky is red.” And in the morning, “It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.”
  • When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night (dew forming overnight indicates fair weather, whereas no dew forming indicates rain).
  • When rains comes from the east, tis’ neither good for man nor beast.
  • When small clouds join and thicken, expect rain.
  • When sea-gulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.
  • When spiders weave their webs by noon, fine weather is coming soon.
  • When smoke hovers close to the ground, there will be a weather change.
  • When the dew is in the grass, rain will never come to pass.
  • When the leaves of trees turn over, it foretells windy conditions and possible severe weather.
  • When the night goes to bed with a fever, it will awake with a wet head.
  • When the rooster goes crowing to bed, he will rise with a watery head.
  • When the sun shines while raining, it will rain the same time again tomorrow.
  • When the wind is in the south it blows the bait in the fish mouth.
  • When the wind is in the east, ‘tis neither good for man nor beast.
  • When it blows from the east, fish bite least.
  • When the wind blows from the west, fish bite best.
  • When the wind shifts against the sun, trust it not for back ‘twill run.
  • When you look out your window and see your dogs jumping around and ducking Its a sign that its hailing.

 

 

 

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