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Old 12-07-2009, 03:22   #1
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Maritime Weather Sayings

Have you heard or do you use sayings related to coastal and maritime weather?

Here are a few that I use, much to the amusement and confusion of landlubbers, and younger people who have no interest in the world beyond TV, computers, celebs etc.


Rain before seven, dry by eleven. - When you wake up to rain but a stiff onshore breeze will clear it soon.

Its come up with the tide - when rain sets in at some point during the day. Sometimes it will blow over in a few hours.

In for the day - when rain gets more persistent and you know it wont blow over.

Clearing up shower - when persistent light rain suddenly gets heavier towards the back end of a weather front.

Thunder at sea - a sign of more unsettled weather to follow.

If you dont like what you see now, wait 5 mins and it will change.

Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, not long wet, not long dry.

Red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky at morning, sailors warning.


Yeah, a lot of rain related sayings but growing up on the west coast of west Wales, we have a lot of rain, and sun, and wind, and lots of..........weather!!
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North American Weather Signs

Look for cloudy, unsettled weather when:
* the barometer is falling,
* the temperature at night is higher than usual,
* clouds move in different directions at different levels,
* high, thin clouds (cirrus) increase. A large ring may appear around the sun or moon and remain there until overcast clouds thicken and obscure it,
* clouds darken on a summer afternoon.

Look for steady precipitation when there have been signs of unsettled weather, and:
* the wind is south or southeast, with pressure failing. If the pressure falls slowly, rain or snow will occur within a day; if it falls rapidly, it will rain soon, with increasing wind speeds,
* the wind is southeast to northeast, with pressure falling - it will rain or snow soon,
* thunderclouds developing against a south or southeast wind.

Look for showers when:
* thunderclouds develop in a westerly wind,
* cumulus clouds develop rapidly in the spring or summer during early afternoon.

Look for clearing weather when:
* the barometer is rising,
* the wind shifts into the west or northwest,
* temperature falls fairly rapidly, especially during the afternoon.

Look for continued bright weather when:
* you can look directly at the sun whenever it sets like a ball of fire,
* the barometer is steady or slowly rising cloudiness decreases after 3 or 4 p.m.,
* morning fog breaks within two hours after sunrise,
* a light breeze blows from the west or northwest,
* a red sunset occurs.

Look for higher temperatures when:
* the barometer is falling (in summer a falling barometer may indicate cloudy weather which will be cooler than clear weather),
* the wind swings away from the north or west into the southwest or south,
* the morning sky is clear, except when the barometer is high or rising in wintertime, or if the wind is strong from the north or west.

Look for lower temperatures when:
* the wind swings from the southwest into the west, or from the west into the northwest or north,
* skies are clearing (clearing skies in the morning will likely mean warmer weather by afternoon, particularly in summer),
* snowflurries occur with a west or north wind,
* the barometer is low and falling rapidly, wind east or northeast and backing slowly into north (the fall in temperature will be gradual).

See also the earlier discussion at: ➥ Weather Basics ~ Reading Weather Charts


See the “Good Old Boat” magazine article “Weather Basics” at:

page 36 ➥ http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...r&imageuser=79

37 ➥
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38 ➥
http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...r&imageuser=79

39 ➥ http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...r&imageuser=79

And see also:

http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...r&imageuser=79

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Rhyming Weather Forecasting Folklore:

The moon and the weather may change together,
But a change of the moon, will not change the weather.

A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow coming soon.

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

Dew on the grass, rain won't come to pass.

Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand,
It's never good weather while you're on the land.

When sea-gulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.

Rain before seven, fine before eleven.
Evening red and morning grey, two sure signs of one fine day.

The sudden storm lasts not three hours
The sharper the blast, the sooner 'tis past.

The higher the clouds the better the weather.

Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.

Sound travelling far and wide, a stormy day betide.

When the forest murmurs and the mountain roars,
Then close your windows and shut your doors.

When leaves show their undersides, be very sure that rain betides.

Chimney smoke descends, our nice weather ends.

When the night goes to bed with a fever, it will awake with a wet head.

When stars shine clear and bright,
We will have a very cold night.

When the ditch and pond offend the nose,
Then look out for rain and stormy blows.

Three days rain will empty any sky.

The farther the sight, the nearer the rain.

Rain long foretold, long last,
Short notice, soon will pass.

The sharper the blast, the sooner 'tis past.

If bees stay at home, rain will soon come,
If they flay away, fine will be the day.

The first and last frosts are the worst.

When clouds look like black smoke a wise man will put on his cloak.

A rainbow afternoon,
Good weather coming soon.

A rainbow in the morning, is the shepherd's warning
A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight.

When the chairs squeak, it's of rain they speak.

Catchy drawer and sticky door,
Coming rain will pour and pour.

The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight,
Longer and stronger than those of the night.

Dust rising in dry weather is a sign of approaching change.

Sun sets Friday clear as bell,
Rain on Monday sure as hell.

No weather's ill if the wind be still.

The squeak of the snow will the temperature show.

When smoke hovers close to the ground, there will be a weather change.

When down the chimney falls the soot
Mud will soon be underfoot.

When the sun shines while raining,
it will rain the same time again tomorrow.

When the wind blows from the west, fish bite best.
When it blows from the east, fish bite least.

If salt is sticky,
And gains in weight;
It will rain
Before too late.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight;
Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.

When clouds appear like rocks and towers,
The Earth's refreshed by frequent showers.

When the wind is in the east, 'tis neither good for man nor beast.

The more cloud types present, the greater the chance of rain or snow.
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OK, so I misspelled Rhyme....
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I will say it again, .......Gord, is there nothing you dont know?

What are the wining lottery numbers for next weeks Euro draw?

Great sayings but of course, are subject to local conditions, .......where ever you are in the world!!
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Gordo always manages to come up with the most amazing stuff....Professor Gordo that is.
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What are the wining lottery numbers for next weeks Euro draw?
I could tell the numbers, but then I’d have to ...
El Gordo Lottery, Elgordo de Navidad
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C'mon Gord...THEY HAVE TO RIME!

You just HAD to toss down the gauntlet didn't ya?
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You just HAD to toss down the gauntlet didn't ya?
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Soundly sleeps the careless ass,
Only when it's high and risin',
Safely rests the careful wise 'un.

For the newfangled sailor glass is an old fashioned barometer.
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