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JIM: Weather Signs, 100 years ago, Feb 1916

The old-timers, like Linda's Granddaddy Marcum, had powers of prognostication which work, even today, though modernity requires some to have to observe neighbor's chimneys to know to 'Expect a strong wind with stormy weather when smoke from chimney hangs near the ground.'
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Linda's comment that her Granddaddy Marcum had "many sayings about the weather and signs in the sky" (See: Mother Nature's artwork from storm one week ago) presaged my rheumy old eyes chancing upon a list of weather signs first published in Farm & Fireside magazine an shortly thereafter, republished in the Adair County News one hundred years ago this week - early February, 1916. Said the introductory paragraph, "Experience has shown them to be fairly reliable and some of them can be explained on a scientific basis."

The list, as transcribed verbatim (within the limits of faltering sight and fumbling fingers) from the News:

- Moonlight nights have the heaviest frosts.

- The higher the clouds the finer the weather.

- The farther the sight the nearer the rain.

- Dew is an indication of fine weather.

- When the stars flicker in a dark background, rain or snow follows soon.

- Expect a strong wind with stormy weather when smoke from chimney hangs near the ground.

- Here are a few in verse. They have the advantage of being easily remembered.

- Clear moon, Frost soon.

- Year of snow, fruit will grow.

- Rain before seven, fine before eleven.

- If the sunset is gray, The next will be a rainy day.

- When the wind's in the south, The rain's in its mouth.

- The wind in the west, suits everyone best.

- If you see grass in January, Lock your gain in the granary.

- Evening red and morning gray, Help the traveler on his way.

- Evening gray and morning red, Bring down rain upon his head.

- When the clouds appear like rocks and towers, The earths' refreshed by frequent showers.

(The list concluded with this piece of up-to-date advice: "If you can get the official weather report by phone you'd better count on that first. But the proverbs and jingles just given are better than a common guess.") Compiled by JIM

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