I saw a breathtaking sunrise yesterday. It was so full of flaming color, I could never do it justice with my simple camera, so I just stood at the window and watched. All the while I was thinking, uh oh.
I was a child the first time I heard the old adage red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky as night, sailor’s delight. Back then, I wondered how the heck old sailors would know something like that without benefit of weathermen and science to figure it out for them.
There are many sayings like that around the world. Through observation, experience, and the passage of time, they’ve become general truths which, more times than not, come to pass. These things are divination tools like tarot and tea leaves. We look for their symbolic meanings.
The few weather adages I know:
- A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow is coming soon.
- When leaves show their undersides, be very sure that rain betides.
- Evening red and morning grey, two sure signs of one fine day.
Old farmer adages also ring true…
- Plant when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.
- The corn should be knee-high by the 4th of July.
- Make hay while the sun shines.
A few other observations to divine with.
- Few foxes this year mean more rabbits next year.
- Gold fish and toads act strange before an earthquake
- Thick coats on animals is a sure signal for cold winter.
- Some people even look to wooly bear caterpillars for their forecast.
Throughout mankind’s time on earth, people who live close with their environment need to know things like when to plant and harvest, when animals might be leaving their dens, and when weather might turn bad. They watched for subtle signs around them and deduced information from them. Example: If winter hibernating animals were suddenly making an appearance, you knew spring was officially in the air. Funny thing about spring, it has a mind of its own. Sometimes spring is very much underway in March, sometimes winter pushes us all the way to June. That sort of observation led to the origin of a long-held tradition here in the states. It originated with German farmers and the first recorded reference of it turns up in 1841. Diving with groundhogs. (lol that’s such a funny typo I’ll leave it) I meant to say divining. ;)
Forty-six years later, on February 2, 1887, a group of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania businessmen and groundhog hunters met…yes, you did read that correctly, businessmen and groundhog hunters. Were they business men who also hunted groundhogs, or groundhog hunters who joined the businessmen? I may never know. lol Anyway…they called themselves the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and met on Gobbler’s Knob with a publicity idea in mind.
Their stunt was based upon an old country German observation regarding animals leaving their dens early. They’d wake up a hibernating groundhog and if he saw his shadow, they figured he’d be frightened that winter was still upon him. Naturally he’d return to his burrow. They determined this would mean winter would last as long as winter generally lasts at that point on the calendar — another six weeks. But, if the groundhog wanted to sniff around and eat, then his hibernation period was ending anyway and winter was officially over.
Tomorrow is the big day. Given the humongous storm headed toward Pennsylvania, I think the groundhog will say we’re going to have an early spring. We can only hope. I’m getting six more inches of show today and cabin fever is definitely setting in.
Tomorrow ~ Funday Sunday!
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Affuage (noun 1753-1847)
right to cut wood in a forest for family fire
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