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What are some old wives tales of predicting rain?

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Wives tales used to predict rain include the appearance of a halo around the moon, an angry morning sky and cows lying down. Such wives tales stem from early American farmers observing certain weather conditions that seemed to precede weather events.

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What are some old wives tales of predicting rain?
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The halo around the moon is caused by moonlight shining through cirrus clouds, which can be the first clouds to accumulate in advance of a storm system. An angry morning sky gave way to the adage, “red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning.” In this circumstance, the sun’s early morning light reflects off the clouds indicating a potential storm system may be approaching. Cows lying down as a predictor of rain is attributed to the belief that cows can sense an increase in air moisture and lie down to preserve a dry patch of grass.

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