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Folk omens about the weather: how did they come about, and can you trust them?

02 March 2023

In the age of advanced science and mobile Internet, we quickly get access to any knowledge, and we can find answers to questions in a couple of clicks. Today, it is very easy to find out about the weather for a day, a week or several months, but people did not always have these opportunities.

Long before the advent of meteorology, our ancestors learned to predict the weather from nature itself. Folk omens were based on various phenomena: how birds, animals and insects behave, where the wind blows from, what shade the sky has in the evening or at dawn, etc. Closely monitoring the changes in nature, people found interrelationships between phenomena – and this allowed them to survive: to plant and harvest crops on time, to protect them from bad weather, frost or drought.

Folk signs for predicting good weather have long ceased to claim the role of a single source of information, but they remain relevant to this day. And although many modern people treat them as folklore, the omens may be well-founded. Firstly, this is an observation about the plant world:

  • “Blooming violet – you can sow parsley and carrots”;
  • “The birch leaf has fully unfolded – it’s time to plant potatoes.”

The fact is that plants react sensitively to temperature changes, increase and decrease in humidity level, etc. They really open, bloom or acquire a certain aroma before atmospheric phenomena, which allows people to predict changes in the weather.

So, by tracking various phenomena in winter, you can draw conclusions not only about winter weather, but also about other seasons.

 

December

  • If it often rains in winter, the year will be fruitless.
  • Winter clouds coming from the north promise a quick warming.
  • Snowdrops that arrived already in December are a sign of a cold winter.
  • If the sun is shrouded in fog, the rain will soon begin.
  • If the snow falls evenly, the summer will be dry.
  • A dry December portends a dry spring and summer.
  • If it was hot in July, the frost will crackle in December.
  • If the sky is clear and blue, clear weather will be established for a long time.
  • Titties chirp in the morning – you can expect frost at night.
  • A cat scratches on the wall – there will be bad weather, it scratches the floor – soon the mess will begin.
  • Forest mice come out of hiding – soon the snow will melt.
  • “Weeping” windows – to a decrease in pressure and warming.
  • Smoke spreads over the ground in windless weather – before snowfall or warming.
  • Crows fly closer to human dwellings – for cold weather, fly away – for warming.
  • Roosters crow for a long time in the evening – the thaw will soon begin.
  • Hares stopped running into the garden – the worst winter cold has already passed.
  • Snowfalls in December promise of rain in June.

 

January

  • If it is cold at the beginning of winter, then July will be hot and dry.
  • Severe frost without snow on January 1 – for a good wheat harvest.
  • A frosty, dry January is a sign of a hot summer with little precipitation.
  • Trees in the January forest rustle – to warming, crack loudly – to intensifying frosts.
  • The trees rustle without the wind – to the point of shrillness.
  • On a clear evening, the wires rattle like strings – there will be bad weather.
  • The chicken does not come out of the coop during the day – the frost promises to intensify.
  • If in the first winter month it often snows and blizzards rage, July will be rainy.
  • Brightly shining moon – on a sunny day, pale and blurred – before snowfall.
  • In the evening, a crow sat on the top of a tree – there will be severe frost.
  • Frost on the trees in January – the year will be fruitful.
  • Rainbow rings around the sun or moon – the weather will change for the worse.
  • If the snow melts in January and there is a lot of water everywhere, the summer will be cold.
  • A dog curls up in a bagel in the snow – the frost will intensify.

 

February

  • February 1 is the day of Makar, the indicator of spring: if the weather is clear, spring will come early.
  • The crow tucks its beak under its wing – until it gets cold.
  • If there is an intense draft in the furnace, the frost will increase, if it is weak, the humidity will increase.
  • Snowbirds sit close to human settlements – there will be a lot of snow.
  • Morning magpies jump on tree branches – a sign of an imminent thaw.
  • The red sun and the surrounding sky – to hell.
  • You can hear how the shutters creak – because of the severe frost.
  • Pigs grunt, although fed – the frost will intensify.
  • Mists creep over the ground – there will be a thaw.
  • A rooster drags its tail – to a heavy snowfall.

Spring brings with it an increase in daylight (March 21 is the day of the equinox). Birds fly in, snow melts, the first greenery appears. Omens for clear weather are especially important, because the garden and agricultural season begins.

 

March

  • If there are many blizzards in February, then in March everything melts and drips with water.
  • Pigeons are cooing loudly – the day will be warm.
  • The cranes have flown in – the ice will melt soon.
  • If there are many long icicles in March, spring will be delayed.
  • Blue clouds are a sign of warming and rain.
  • Starlings are flying in – it will get warmer every day.
  • If the lark and the cuckoo arrived early, spring will be early.
  • At the beginning of spring, crows splash in the water to keep warm.
  • A lot of birch sap – there will be heavy rains in the summer.
  • Geese fly very high – to a large amount of water.
  • If the bees appear early, the spring will be warm, sunny, and blooming.
  • Bird nests on the sunny side of trees – to a cool summer.
  • The snow quickly melted, and the water ran off – for a summer with abundant rains.
  • The goose hides its head under its wing – for the cold.
  • Fast and high clouds – for sunny weather.
  • A red moon is a sign of cooling weather.

 

April

  • A rooster crows on a cold morning – to keep warm.
  • Frogs croak loudly in the evening – the weather will be good.
  • If the frogs croak all night, you can expect a clear day.
  • If it is hot on an April day and cool at night, the weather will not change soon.
  • The wind blowing from the south-west direction brings prolonged bad weather.
  • Whichever way a dog or cat lies with its back, the wind will blow from there.
  • Frogs croak loudly during the day – it will soon rain.
  • Cherries are blooming – it will be cool during this period.
  • If the day was overcast and only cleared up in the evening, frosts will heat up.
  • If it is a clear April night, there may be frost in the morning.
  • A foggy morning is a sign of a clear April day.
  • If the rain in April starts with large drops, it will be short-lived.
  • The sparrows puffed up and fluffed up – for the rain.
  • The fog that is creeping over the water portends a clear day.
  • Swallows are making their nests – the warmth comes from a long time.
  • The chicken occupies the highest place in the henhouse — for the rain.
  • A flying cobweb in April is a sign of a hot summer.
  • If it is clear on the Annunciation, it will be the same on Easter, if it rains, it will also be the same.
  • April morning with sun and fog – for a fine day.

 

May

  • If an abnormally large number of woodpeckers fly in May, the summer will be dry and hot.
  • The aroma of flowers is well felt from afar – in windy weather.
  • A lot of fog in May – it will often rain in the summer.
  • If the mountain ash bloomed late, autumn will also be late.
  • Frogs climb out and jump on the ground – soon it will rain.
  • A lot of flying cobwebs is a sign of a hot summer.
  • The mint bloomed strongly – for the rain.
  • A clear moon portends good weather, and a pale and greenish one portends precipitation.
  • If the leaves appeared earlier on the oak than on the ash, it will be dry in the summer.
  • The stars are twinkling – for cooling and strong wind.
  • The fog lingers over the water for a long time – on a dry, clear day.
  • A rainbow that appears in the evening means good weather, the morning one means rain.
  • If it is quiet and clear at night, but there is no dew, the weather will worsen during the day.
  • Immediately, several rainbows in the sky – warm but long rain will soon follow.
  • Bees, ants or spiders behave very actively – for good weather.
  • If the rain falls in large drops, it will not last long.

In summer, the weather is important for everyone: firstly, for gardeners and gardeners, but also for vacationers. Many people are interested in signs of rain, especially beachgoers. People say that a rainy summer portends a snowy winter, and a dry and hot one portends a frosty one.

 

June

  • If the birds scream loudly and fly low, the weather will change for the worse.
  • If it rains on the first and second of June, then the whole month will be dry.
  • A fish catches insects from the air – for rain.
  • If the crows’ beaks are turned in one direction, a strong wind will soon begin.
  • Insects swarm vertically – it will be clear.
  • Spiders diligently weave a web – the weather will change.
  • Crickets can be heard in the evening – wait for a warm day.
  • Khrushchev flies with a buzz – it will be a fine day.
  • Sparrows are lying in the dust in the morning – after lunch you can expect rain.
  • If there is rain and hail on the third of June, then there will be heavy snow on the third of December.
  • If the reddish sun rises and quickly hides behind a cloud, it will rain.
  • Maple leaves are “crying” – in 3 – 4 days it will start raining.
  • The strong aroma of yellow acacia, which attracts many insects, is a sign of rain and bad weather.
  • The fern curls its leaves downwards – for a clear day, straightens them – for rain.
  • Ants traveling on the ground far from the anthill predict rain in one day.
  • In the evening, swallows fly high – on a clear day, low – on a cloudy day.

 

July

  • If there is no dew on a July morning, rain is coming.
  • Family animals stay in a pile – the weather will worsen.
  • If it rains on Saint Peter, the harvest will be poor.
  • The clouds are stretching in strips – soon it will rain.
  • Dew on the grass portends clear weather without precipitation.
  • Flowers close in the afternoon – rain is coming.
  • If the old cat wants to play, it will soon start raining.
  • If the chickens do not hide from the rain, the bad weather will drag on for a long time.
  • The cat rolls up into a bagel and covers its nose with its paw – to catch a cold.
  • Clear white clouds portend wind, but not rain.
  • Fog after rain – for good weather.
  • Purslane opens its flowers – sunny weather will be established.
  • If the morning fog covers the water, it will be warm in the afternoon.
  • If the sun sets clear, expect good weather, red – windy, pale – rainy.
  • Sheep’s wool becomes soft and straightens – for the rain.
  • Grasshoppers rustle loudly at night – wait for a sunny, quiet morning.
  • If the ants hid in the anthill, it will rain with a thunderstorm.

 

August

  • If there are frequent thunderstorms in August, autumn will be delayed.
  • Extremely biting mosquitoes are a sign of bad weather.
  • August 2 – the feast of Elijah: the first half of the day predicts the weather for summer, and the second – for autumn.
  • If the sun sets clear and clean, tomorrow will be dry.
  • If August seems dry and hot, there will not be much snow in winter.
  • There is no wind, but dry twigs fall from the trees – for rain.
  • There is a smell of fresh fish near the lake – it will rain that day.
  • Thorns are opening in the burdock – soon it will start raining.
  • A forest that rustles in calm weather portends a thunderstorm.
  • Frogs croak in the pond – for rain.
  • If there are bright stars in the sky two evenings in a row, and there is no moon, it will start to rain.
  • Insects become especially annoying before bad weather and precipitation.
  • If waterfowl dive, shout loudly and flap their wings, it will soon rain.
  • Very tall weeds in August portend a snowy winter.
  • If it is cloudy and stuffy in the morning, it will rain in the evening.
  • Morning dew and thick fog are signs of a wet day.

Autumn is a real nurse, it’s time to harvest and prepare supplies for the winter. People say that a rainy summer and a warm, clear autumn portend a long, cold winter. And if the humpback blooms early in the spring, there will be many mushrooms in the fall.

 

September

  • If a lot of mushrooms grow in autumn, the winter will be frosty, but if there are a lot of mushrooms at all, it will be warm.
  • There are many berries on the mountain ash – it will often rain in autumn.
  • September thunder is a sign of warm autumn.
  • If you hear an owl during the rain at night, the weather will be fine the next day.
  • A lot of nuts on the hazel tree is a sign of a frosty and snowy winter.
  • Rowan berries quickly turned red – there will be a lot of snow in winter.
  • If the flies do not disappear for a long time, autumn will be long.
  • Crows fly low over the ground – soon it will rain.
  • A warm and dry September is a sign of late winter.
  • If the thick fog does not disappear overnight, the weather will be changeable in the coming days.
  • Cranes fly low – soon it will get colder and turn to winter.

 

October

  • October thunder is a sign of winter without snow.
  • A red moon – for windy weather, pale – for rainy weather.
  • If the starlings delay their departure, autumn will be dry.
  • Birds on the roof – the weather will worsen.
  • A squirrel’s nest is located high – the winter will be warm, low – frosty.
  • Crows perched on the lower branches of trees – for windy weather with rain.
  • Ripe viburnum berries with green leaves – for warm weather in autumn.
  • If a pigeon hides its leg in a feather, it gets cold quickly.
  • Bustling flocks of sparrows are a sign of strong wind.
  • If there are leaves left on the shore in mid-October, there will be no snow for a long time in winter.

 

November

  • A magpie flies closer to a human dwelling in front of a fence.
  • If thunder is heard in November, there will be little snow in winter.
  • Clear November is a sign of beautiful April.
  • If the leaves fall from the trees late, the winter will be long and frosty.
  • The stars shine brightly – for frost, dimly – for warming.
  • The rooster drags its tail – it will soon snow.
  • The red sun or moon means snow and cold weather.
  • Waterfowl hide their heads in feathers – it will soon get colder.
  • If the cat rushes to the stove in warm weather, frosts should be expected at night.
  • Frosts in November are a sign of frosts in December.
  • Mosquitoes in the last autumn month portend a warm winter.
  • Chickens stay in a pile – it will freeze a little.
  • Abundant stars in the sky – tomorrow will be clear and sunny.
  • Red stars – for windy weather, pale yellow – for rain.

These are the main folk signs of weather forecasting that you should pay attention to.

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