Are those old sayings about animals predicting the weather true? Do birds, insects, fish, and mammals exhibit particular behavior when they sense a coming change in the weather?
In the days before NOAA, The Weather Channel, and modern meteorology, people relied on their own ability to read 'signs' around them. And they observed animals to watch for some of those signs.
So, what about those old folksy sayings? Most of these sayings are more than folklore, which is often superstitious in nature. They developed from observed coincidences between animal behavior and weather events. Some of them demonstrate a relationship to things we now know about through meteorology. Others, not so much.
Here's a look at a half a dozen of them.
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