While perusing the final pages of my 2010 version of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, I came across this saying for the entry of December 30, “A red sun has water in his eye”.
Apparently, this bit of folksy lore means that rain is to be expected if the sun at sunrise or sunset appears red.
Sunrise here in the northern Virginia area came yellow so we’re precipitation free today.
Cruising the Internet came up with other bits of weather saying including:
- When the walls are more than unusually damp, rain is expected.
- The further the sight, the nearer the rain.
- Clear moon, Frost soon.
- When deer are in gray coat in October, expect a severe winter.
- Much noise made by rats and mice indicates rain.
- Anvil-shaped clouds are very likely to be followed by a gale of wind.
- If rain falls during an east wind, it will continue a full day.
- A light yellow sky at sunset presages wind. A pale yellow sky at sunset presages rain.
Curious how you don’t hear much folklore anymore. Probably has something to do with all the Doppler8000 and StormWatchCenter technology that local meteorologists use to tell us, with 50 percent accuracy, that there may or may not be rain today.
My favorite piece of weather forecasting technology is the Weather Rock.
Great thing is…it’s never wrong.