Doris Gowen

Recently, I read a book, “Scouting For Girls” published in 1927.

My children, one boy and two girls, were in scouts.  I was a scout leader.  All children can benefit from scouting.

We are all interested in the weather, so I want to quote some of the weather wisdom section to you from the year 1927.

When the dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass.

When the grass is dry at night, look for rain before the light.

When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night.

Three day’s rain will empty any sky.

A deep, clear sky of fleck less blue breeds storms within a day or two.

When the wind is in the east, it’s good for neither man nor beast.

When the wind is in the north, the old folk should not venture forth.

When the wind is in the south, it blows the bait in the fishes’ mouth.

When the wind is in the west, it is of all the winds the best.

Evening red and morning gray sends the traveler on his way.

Evening gray and morning red, sends the traveler home to bed.

Red sky at morning, the shepherd takes warning; red sky at night is shepherds delight.

If the sun goes down cloudy on Friday, sure of a clear Sunday.

If a rooster crows standing on a fence or high place, it will be clear.  If on the ground, it doesn’t count.

Between eleven and two, you can tell what the weather is going to do.

Rain before seven, clear before eleven.

Fog in the morning, bright sunny day.

If it rains, and the sun is shining at the same time, the devil is whipping his wife and it will surely rain tomorrow.

If it clears off during the night, it will rain again shortly.

Sun drawing water, sure sign of rain.

A circle around the moon means “storm.”  As many stars as are in a circle, so many days before it will rain. Sudden heat brings thunder.

A storm that comes up against the wind is always a thunderstorm.

East wind brings rain.

West wind brings clear, bright, cool weather.

North wind brings cold.

South wind brings heat.

You can turn off the TV, read these words of wisdom and become a weather forecaster.

Are these predictions true today as they were in 1927?