Weather Augury by Animals, Insects, fish and Plants
Weather Augury by Animals, Insect and Fish
As we live in heavily populated areas, towns and cities, dotted with the well intentioned nature habitats, rooftop gardens and parks, we are still considered disadvantaged when it comes to wilderness nature and its bountiful riches. Think back to simpler times without the advent of satellites or computers and ask yourself how the weather was determined back then. There once was a lost art, some of which I shall strive to resurrect for you now.
First, it is a generally accepted belief that animals are good indicators of weather patterns, since one can determine the approaching changes in the weather by closely studying the habits and behaviour of animals. A likely explanation would be that some delicately attuned mechanism that forms part of the nervous system in animals enables this gift of prophesy. Don’t feel left out however; some humans do possess this particular instinct also, though they do not generally advertise it as it is frowned up by technologically advanced society. Only practiced spiritualists are allowed some leeway.
Here are some light-hearted instances of animal and insect augury:
Spiders: It’s a known fact that spiders are particularly accurate little weather prophets. Those of us who are knowledgeable or keen observers can note the variations of webs, as the hard working spiders regulate the construction of their web to suit daily or even hourly weather patterns. When they are sure that it’s going to be fine day spiders build actively, extending their webs in all directions; however, when adverse weather such as rain or storms are in the forecast these tenacious operators confine their effort to just strengthening and solidifying their dwellings. This is our cue to determining the weather:
- If the threads of the spider’s web that are anchored to surrounding objects are long a fine day is in the forecast; however if the little weavers begin to shorten the threads the weather will be wet and active.
- If the spiders begin building or extending the webs in the morning the day will be sunny and fine.
- If spiders begin to alter or rebuild their webs in the evening hours calm clear night is indicated.
- If the spiders break down their webs and take refuge in crevices and under eves or under leaves the forecast will be bad.
Cats: Cats rubbing their paws behind their ears indicates that wet weather is in store.
Dogs: When dogs roll on the ground and scratch at themselves it forecasts that rain is imminent.
Gnats: When colonies of gnats disport themselves in the evening sunshine the morrow will be warm and sunny. Also, when large numbers of gnats are seen in spring it augurs that the latter part of the year will be mild.
Bees: when the bees appear reluctant to leave the hive it is a sure indication that rain will soon be in the forecast.
Frogs and Toads: When frogs and toads are quite evident and their croaking is incessant and loud heavy rain is forecast.
Bats: When many bats or nocturnal beetles fly about it’s an indication that the subsequent day will be a good, sunny day.
Mole Hills: An appearance of many freshly-thrown up mole hills indicates that a lengthy spell of wet and cold weather is in store.
Horses, Cattle and Sheep: When grazing animals grow restless or frisky and chase one another or stretch out their necks and sniff out the air you can be sure that it will rain soon. Other indications of impending rain are when the sheep turn their backs to the wind or when horses, cattle and sheep all gather in the corner of a field or gather close to hedges.
Birds: Birds are quite accurate in weather prophesy.
- If birds become silent and hushed, as though with fear and foreboding, it’s a sure sign of approaching bad weather, lightning and thunder.
- When rooks and crows croak noisily and fly excitedly about their nests for no apparent reason or if they sail with motionless wings much like kites it’s a sure sign of approaching bad weather and rain.
- Owls have been noted to hoot and screech more vociferously than normal when a change of weather is in the forecast; then again when they grow particularly noisy in wet weather a fine spell is in the forecast.
- When robins hop about near the house for scraps of food adverse, cold weather with much snow and frost is augured.
Fish: Let’s not rule out the fish, as they are very responsive to weather changes also. When they swim about just below the surface and come up readily to feed rain is not far off; but when they shun the light and lurk at the bottom of deep pools it will be some time before the grey skies and rain manifest.
Weather Augury by Plants
Plants are also responsive to the changes in the weather. When the scent of flowers seems to be far stronger and heavier than usual it augurs approaching rain.
If you observe the leaves of clover drawn closely together it denotes an impending downpour and thunder. The bindweed and twining convolvulus share a common trait with scarlet pimpernel, which by the way is known as the “farmer’s weather-glass” for good reason, for it always closes its petals before a pending rainfall.
When trees are observed to rustle their leaves in relatively calm, still weather it is a sure indication of an approaching rain.
Weather Augury through other means
When the atmosphere is dense with moisture, it is usually a good indication of approaching wet weather. At such times salt becomes damp and cakes together. Painted walls and metallic surfaces of objects become covered with a film of dew and the distant hills and far away scenery seems nearer.
Oftentimes people with rheumatic condition complain of pain in the joints. Pain also occurs in old wounds when rain is about to manifest.