Before we had the weather technology to monitor the weather and complex algorithms to forecast conditions, humans often looked to animals for weather predictions. From Punxsutawney Phil (who happens to be only correct 39% of the time) to frogs and cows, below you’ll find the animals that humans have considered to be animal meteorologists!
These amphibians are thought to croak longer and louder than usual when bad weather is imminent. As their volume increases, some believe you can assume a storm is brewing!
Their flight behavior has been used to gauge how bad the weather is going to be. If they’re flying high, the weather will be good and clear. If they’re flying closer to the ground, it’s thought that the air pressure from a coming storm system is causing them pain at higher altitudes.
According to legend, when cows sense bad weather they will become restless, antsy, begin swatting flies with their tails and may lie down in the pasture in order to save a dry spot.
Bees & Butterflies
When bees and butterflies disappear from gardens and flower beds, it could indicated that some heavy weather is on its way.
The saying goes “When sheep gather in a huddle, tomorrow will have a puddle.” It’s believed that when sheep are crowding together and shielding each other, a storm is on the way.
There are a number of old proverbs concerning the ladybug’s usefulness in forecasting the weather. One such saying goes “When ladybugs swarm, expect a day that’s warm.” On the flip-side, if you see them seeking shelter, cold weather is on the way.
To prepare for bad weather, black and red ants have been known to build up their mounds for extra protection. If you notice higher ant mounds in your yard, you ought to close your windows and bring your pets indoors.
The legendary groundhog, Phil from Punxsutawney, PA, plays an important role each February in answering a crucial question — will we have a longer winter or is spring just around the corner? If Phil sees his shadow, it means there’ll be 6 more weeks of winter. If not, we’ll have an early spring. Too bad he’s wrong more often than not.
Be Prepared. Know Before™.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team