Weather Proverbs

Red sky at night, shepherds' delight

Red sky in mornin', shepherds' warning


Red sky at morning, sailors take warning,

Red sky at night, sailors delight.


Mackerel sky and mares' tails make lofty ships carry low sails.


Mackerel sky, Mackerel sky, Not long wet, Not long dry.


When clouds appear like rocks and towers,

The earth's refreshed with frequent showers.

When rain comes before the wind, dories, gear and vessel mind;

When wind comes before the rain, soon you'll make the set again

When the wind is blowing in the North, No fisherman should set forth,

When the wind is blowing in the East, Tis not fit for man nor beast,

When the wind is blowing in the South, It brings the food over the fish's mouth,

When the wind is blowing in the West, That is when the fishing's best!

No weather is ill, if the wind be still.


Seagull, seagull sit on the sand. It's never good weather when you're on the land.


A coming storm your shooting corns presage, And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.


When windows won't open, and the salt clogs the shaker,

The weather will favour the umbrella maker!


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 summer fog for fair, A winter fog for rain.

A fact most everywhere, In valley or on plain.


When sounds travel far and wide, A stormy day will betide.


If clouds move against the wind, rain will follow.


March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers


Halo around the sun or moon, rain or snow is coming soon

When halo rings the moon or sun, rain's approaching on the run


One swallow does not a summer make


Dew on the grass, rain shan't pass


Rain before seven, fine by eleven


The sudden storm lasts not three hours


Clear moon, frost soon


The higher the clouds, the better the weather


Cold is the night when the stars shine bright

Ode to the Weatherman

"And in the dying embers

These are my main regrets:

When I'm right no one remembers;

When I'm wrong no one forgets."

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