When my granmother killed a snake (there are quite a few in Alabama) she would hang it on the clothes line to make it rain. I was so grossed out by the snake hanging there I have no idea it it ever rained.
My Grandma always said that you could judge the upcoming winter by the amoung of food Mother Nature provides for her critters. If there was a lot of berries and such, it would be a hard winter.
Don't know if this is true or not, but this year we have absolutely no wildlife food. (Anybody know of a good online place to buy cheap thistle seed? I'm going through tons already and it's not even winter.) Berry blossoms all froze, and the drought took what was left over. We'll see though, as I'll be watching, and if this is true, we should have a mild winter.
If I had a choice though, I think I'd like to see a winter with lots of snow. From what I can remember, a hard winter brings on a decent summer with rainfall.
When a heavy fog sets in, you can expect moisture 90 days from then, unless there is moisture within 3 days of the fog.
I have a goofy friend that puts 12 onion pieces, (so they are cupped), on her window sill on New Years Eve. One for each month of the upcoming year. The ones that have moisture in them the next morning are the months we should have moisture. I've never figured that one out.
Here's a southern CA rain prediction that this old wife made up. It is nearly infallable for our neighborhood. Here goes, "If you hear the train, it isn't going to rain." It works and it rhymes. It that brilliant, or what? ;-) This works because the train tracks are a couple miles to the northeast of me. Rainy weather never comes from the northeast here,so when the wind comes from that direction, it isn't going to rain. By the way, the train was whistling away this morning.
Another So. CA observation of mine is that if it smells like it is going to snow, then it is very likely that it is going to rain. Of course, if you never lived in a place where it snows, that wouldn't do you much good.
I'll bet the Indians of So. CA had weather sayings, but that information has probably all been lost.
"Red in the morning" doesn't work here as a sign for bad weather, so we made up, "Red in the morning, (our workplace) is boring." Goofy, but true. Of course, any other color in the morning, our workplace still is boring. :-/
She: Have you checked the Weather Channel yet to see if it's going to rain today?
He: Honey, look outside the window.
We now return to our regularly scheduled topic. :)
Darius, I remember that 'ring around the moon' denoting rain instead of snow, and it was 'days until'. Seems like it was from the Farmer's Almanac that could always be found in Oma and Opa's 'reading room' (the lil bathroom off the laundry room, not the main one). ;)
Kelli, I understand that neighborhood prediction of hearing the train! Our winds prevail from the southwest, in the direction of the freeway (we're in town). When it comes from the north, we hear the train whistles along with events at the ballpark and the fairgrounds... and know it's gonna get chilly soon.
ROFL now at your comment about smelling snow -- it's so true! I did that in Phoenix, Arizona after having grown up in the Midwest. And the first duststorm I ever experienced there had me turning on radios and the television to catch the tornado watches/warnings. I feared that noone besides me knew what was brewing in those clouds!
When the leaves show their backs, rain within 24 hours. Also if the grass in the morning is dry, means rain in the next 48hrs. (grass is usually wet in the mornings from the dew). Then too, when you see clouds that look like a herd of sheep, rain coming in 48 hours.
I've also heard that you can tell how hard the winter will be by how thick the corn shucks are. I was shucking corn yesterday and there were lots and lots of layers, but I don't know how many each ear is supposed to have or even if it varies from year to year. I just happened to remember that saying while I was shucking.
If it thunders during a snow storm you can expect snow again in ??? thats the part i dont remember.
I do remember it snowed in the specified time.
Mother lived a mile from the tracks in Charlotte,N.C. anytime she heard the train it would rain. The sound bounced off the clouds.
If for a normal winter corn has 3 or 4 layers, then this year is going to be a really BAD one. I counted anywhere from 6 to 11 on the corn I shucked today. None of the ones I remembered to count had less than 6, and most had more. Yikes!
Here in New England my dad use to watch the squirrels in the Fall. If they are very busy collecting acorns and have very bushy tails we will have a long cold winter. It they leave the acorns on the ground we won't get much snow. If the tails don't get full and bushy we'll have a mild winter as far as temps. The tails bush up more for a cold winter because the they wrap the tails around themselves to keep warm.
Now I watch them and it seems to work out that way.
That is so interesting about the squirrles!
Im gonna watch them now, really.
Ever plant bulbs, take a break, look around the yard...there are no squirrles around.
But go out the next day... only to find they dug em' up.
I swear they watch you from hidding places, then sneak out to see if you hid anything
good for them. they re-dig the hole take a taste and leave the bulb laying there naked.
I put rocks/stones over the little bulb beds i make, then remove them when i see them starting
to grow in the spring.