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10 Weather Myths Debunked

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10 Weather Myths Debunked

By Patti Ghezzi for DivineCaroline

We’re leaving for a beach vacation in two days and I’m worried it will rain the whole time. We desperately need this vacation. And we really need some sun.

Here’s what the weather report says: “Thirty to forty percent chance of rain.” A euphemism for “We don’t have a clue.”

Since I can’t find my trusty Magic 8 Ball, I’m leaning on my favorite old wives’ tales about weather prediction. Usually when I look into a wives’ tale—such as how chocolate will give you acne—I’m schooled in the scientific reason why it’s false. (Great! I love chocolate.) To my surprise, though, some of my favorite wives’ tales about weather have at least a nugget of truth. Many originated with farmers and fishermen whose livelihood—and in some cases, lives—depended on accurate weather prediction. Still, many supposed predictors of weather only tell you what the weather is already doing. I pulled together this list of common weather wives’ tales to see which had some truth … and which we should all ignore.

1. Look to the stars. If you see stars at night, you’ll wake up to a sunny day. If you don’t see stars, get out the galoshes. Okay, not exactly a brain teaser. If it’s cloudy, you won’t see stars and that could indicate rain the next day. But don’t count on it. Storms can move quickly.

2. Red sky at morning, sailor’s take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight. This is referenced in the Bible and Shakespeare, so it must be true, right? It can be a somewhat accurate predictor if you observe the sky at the right time, such as when the sun is setting. When the sky is red, it suggests there are a lot of dust particles in the air, which means high pressure and stable air coming from the west. Good weather is likely to follow.

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8:31PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Canadian groundhogs simply roll their eyes at the idea of Groundhog day. It is an American holiday celebrated on the same day here and Canadian counterparts know that our winter is much longer. The groundhogs often complain to sympathetic beavers who don't hibernate that being waken up on February 2 gets tedious. The savvy Canadian groundhog already knows there is always far more than a mere six more weeks to Winter. Not to mention that early Spring is often cold as well.

"Honestly, just leave us in our bunks warm and cozy," whimpers Winnipeg Willow," to a beaver friend over a hot Timmy's. "That's right!" sighs Wiarton Willie snacking on some timbits with his double double. "I am tired of the snowflakes dancing on my nose. Just give me a break and come back in March. In fact, why not leave me sleep til I feel like getting up." Alberta's Balzac Billy yawned guzzling a Timmy's and glanced at his watch set on "snooze longer" while Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam sneezed loudly and intoned while downing a Canadian Maple doughnut with his double double that he was tired of his tail getting whipped by the wind chill factors when someone drags him out in February. "This has really got to stop, next time just drag the mayor out of his bed and see how he likes it." Other Canadian groundhogs agree,

3:45PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

????

4:55AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

4:03AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thanks

3:26AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

some of these i've heard before, others not. was good to find how the myth was created in the first place, so thanks for that!

2:45AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thanks

2:44AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

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10:26PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Ants go nuts when rain is on it's way, no doubt about it!

8:12PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

A very interesting article written in a very entertaining fashion! I learned something too! Thank you!

6:57AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

good to know

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