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Beyond the Groundhog

In lieu of a scientific weather forecast, generations have instead turned to weather folklore to predict the severity of the coming winter. Examining patterns among plants and animals for clues to future atmospheric conditions is a tradition we can continue in our own backyards. Keep in mind, these legends are not reliable, and most definitely not scientific. They are, however, amusing pastimes that provide us with a great excuse to get outside one last time before that inevitable first snowfall.

Keep an eye out for the following predictors of winter weather:

 

 

For more weather folklore, check out the following titles from your local branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library:

 The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; Planting by the Signs; Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing; Moonshining; and Other Affairs of Plain Living Edited by Eliot Wigginton. 

 

 

 Old farmer's almanac: Calculated on a New and Improved Plan for the Year of our Lord 2011

 

 

 

 The Essential Book of Weather Lore : Time-Tested Weather Wisdom and Why the Weatherman Isn't Always Right by Leslie Alan Horvitz. 

 

 

 

Can't Wait? Try these free ebooks for a sampling of historic weather lore:

Weather Lore: a Collection of Proverbs, Sayings, and Rules Concerning the Weather Compiled by Richard Inwards (1898)

Weather Proverbs (Issue 9 of Signal Services Notes, United States Army)
Compiled by Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody (1883)

A Handbook of Weather Folk-Lore: Being a Collection of Proverbial Sayings in Various Languages Relating to the Weather, with Explanatory and Illustrative notes by Charles Swainson (1873)

Weather Folk-Lore and Local Weather Signs by Edward B. Garriott (1903)

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