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Fair Or Foul

Categories: WEATHER

962. Of a change:--

Long looked for

Long last,

Short notice,

Soon past.

Brookline, Mass.

963. From twelve till two

Tells what the day will do.

New England.

964. If it rains before seven

It will drip before eleven.

Eastern Maine.

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965. If it rain before seven

It will quit before eleven.

Prince Edward Island and, Maine, Massachusetts, and Northern


966. If a storm clears off in the night, pleasant weather will last but a

few hours.

Northern Ohio.

967. In uncertain or threatening weather it is said that if you can see a

piece of blue sky big enough to make a pair of breeches, it will clear


Maine, Massachusetts, and Northern Ohio.

968. Variant: If you can see enough blue sky in the west to make an old

woman's apron, it will clear off.

Eastern Maine.

969. Clocks and watches tick louder before mild weather.

Scilly Cove, N.F.

970. Cobwebs on the grass are a sign of fair weather.

General in the United States.

971. If every dish is cleaned at a given meal, then look for fair weather

the following day.

Pennsylvania Germans.

972. Fog lying in valleys is a sign of a civil day.

Bay Roberts, N.F.

973. If hoar frost remains after sunrise, the day will be fine; if not,

the day will be wet.

Scilly Cove, N.F.

974. A load of hay passing means fair weather.


975. Rainbow in the morning,

Sailors take warning;

Rainbow at night,

Sailor's delight.

General in Canada and the United States.

976. A rainbow is a sign of showers.

Prince Edward Island.

977. Rain falling while the sun is shining indicates more showers.

Prince Edward Island and Northern Ohio.

978. Rain falling while the sun shines is a sign it will rain next day.

Methuen, Mass.

979. Rain falling while the sun is shining means that the devil is

beating his wife with a codfish.

General in the United States.

980. Thunder in the morning,

All the day storming;

Thunder at night

Is the sailor's delight.

981. Red at night

Sailor's delight;

Red in the morning,

Sailors take warning.

Maine and Eastern Massachusetts.

982. Evening red and morning gray

Will speed the traveler on his way.

Evening gray and morning red

Will bring the rain upon his head.

Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio.

983. Evening red and morning gray,

You'll surely have a pleasant day.

New York.

984. Red sun, hot day to-morrow.

985. High wind at dawn is a sign of a civil (calm) day.


986. Sun's hounds (a sort of halo) before the sun denote dirty weather;

after the sun, denote fine weather.

Scilly Cove, N.F.

In Prince Edward Island and the United States these halos are called

sun-dogs, and are said to be a sign of coming rain.

987. Much snow during the winter denotes good crops next year.

New Harbor, N.F.

988. If the stars are scarce, big, and dull, it portends mild weather in

winter. If large and bright, it portends frost in winter.


989. Stars twinkling are a sign of bad weather.

Labrador and New Harbor, N.F.