Some Weather Folktales can be used to predict the weather.

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Weather Folktales

Weather Folktales are a science project for kids that combines science and creativity. See if you and your kids can determine which old beliefs are based on fact and which are pure fancy!

What You'll Need:

  • Notebook
  • Pen

Learn About Weather Folktales:Step 1: Our ancestors didn't have television weather forecasters, satellite weather photos, or fancy instruments to predict the weather. They had to rely on signs from nature. Some old folklore predictions are highly accurate, while others are mere superstition.

Step 2: Read these folk sayings about the weather. Which ones do you think give accurate predictions?

  1. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
  2. Crows on the fence mean rain, while crows on the ground mean fine weather.
  3. If a cow moos three times in a row, rain will come soon.
  4. A ring around the sun or moon means rain is coming soon.
  5. Roosters crowing at night predict rain.
  6. High clouds mean fine weather, low clouds mean rain is coming.
  7. Wide brown bands on a woolly bear caterpillar mean a mild winter.

Step 3: Make your own observations of these signs to find out, then record them in your notebook. Which do you think are more reliable: signs that rely on animals or signs that relate to the sky and clouds?

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