Natural Ways to Foretell Weather
There are many tales of folklore that remain in use today to tell if the weather is going to change or not. Will it be a colder, longer winter? Will it be a milder, warmer winter? People have relied on the animal kingdom to provide them with information ahead of time, to prepare themselves for longer, colder winters or shorter milder winters as well.
Even dogs and cats can give you clues as to what type of winter may be on the way. Look at your dog or cat's fur. Is it longer? Thicker? We have all seen the pets in our home shed during the spring to prepare their coats for a warmer climate in spring and summer, but have you ever paid attention to the thickness of the coat during autumn? Animals give us clues as to the changing environment around us, such as birds flying in certain directions for several days or weeks before the season changes. If birds are flying south, you can figure that wintry weather is on the way.
Farmers and people everywhere have relied on the behavioral changes in animals to predict what is coming. Snowy seasons that may last longer, colder weather and even more drastically, earthquakes, have been predicted by animals changing their "normal" behavior are indicators that we can watch for.
One of the most well known natural indicators of rain coming is the cow that lies in the fields. It is said that when a cow lies in the field, instead of standing in the usual way, that rain is on the way. The cow can sense moisture in the air. They lie down to ensure they have a dry place to lie when the rain is upon them.
In the United States, a holiday that falls on the second of February indicates a longer, colder winter or a shorter winter by the shadow of a groundhog. If the groundhog’s shadow is apparent at noon on this day, it means the weather will remain cold and wintry for an extended six weeks.
Squirrels are known to predict the weather by the bushiness of the tail. If squirrels around you have very bushy tails, it is an indicator of a severe winter. Little evidence supports this theory, but some claim it is a true prediction of what is to come.
Dogs and cats will become a bit more restless and their behavior is seen as more nervous before thunder and lightning storms. Colder weather brings out a thicker coat.
Humans can also predict weather changes, with aches and pains. If the weather is to be cold and damp, some have pain in arthritic spots of the body or in places where the bone has been broken in past years.