Halo around the moon means rain

2015-07-08 06:00

BEING desperate for rain the following ancient sayings - if true - could mean there might be rain.

and#034;When a chair squeaks, itand#039;s of rain they speak.and#034; When humidity is high, it is a sign of rain, wooden furniture, windows and doors will absorb moisture from the air, which causes them to squeak and stick.

and#034;If salt is sticky, and gains weight. It will rain, before too late.and#034; Salt will draw in moisture from the air, when humidity in the atmosphere is high, its an indication­ of rain. Salt will soak up the moisture in the air and clog up salt shakers.

and#034;When smoke descends, good weather ends.and#034; Instability in atmospheric pressure and the humidity­ before a storm, prevents chimney or fire smoke from rising, making the smoke curl downwards.

and#034;When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night.and#034; Dew forms on humid nights, when skies are clear and there is no cloud, giving the indication of a fair day to follow.

On cloudy nights, the ground is unable to cool and prevents dew from forming, cloudy skies normally mean rain will follow.

and#034;Three days rain will empty any sky.and#034; Heavy rain is unlikely to last for long periods of time. Although dreary weather can persist for days. Heavy, torrential rain is likely to clear within three days.

and#034;When the ditch and pond offend the nose, then look out for rain and stormy blows.and#034; In fair weather when air pressure is high, earthly smells tend to get stored in their source. When low air pressure arrives before rain, the scents are released and odours can be smelt.

and#034;If there is a halo round the sun or moon, then we can all expect rain quite soon.and#034; The halo around a bright object is caused by refraction of the light through the ice crystals of high cirrus clouds. Cirrus can be the first cloud to appear ahead of a front.

and#034;As the day grows longer, the cold grows stronger.and#034; This Scandinavian­ expression stems from the turbulent, often fresh, weather that occurs in spring. This is as a result of the agitated effect of the land warming, but the sea remaining cold at this time of year. This can lead to squalls and other sudden weather changes.

and#034;If in the sky you see cliffs and towers, it wonand#039;t be long before there is a shower.and#034; As a general rule of thumb, the more vertical clouds appear the more unsettled the air is and consequently the less calm the weather will be

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