If Mists arise out of Ponds

These fragments come from the mid 17th century. Written by a shepherd with over forty years of experience in judging the weather, they provide some basic guidance for reading the skies.

The sun rising red and fiery, promiseth Wind and Rain. If at the sun rising it be cloudy, and the Clouds vanish away as the sun riseth higher, it is a perfect signe of fair weather.  If the sun setteth red, it signifies fair weather. If it set in a misty muddy colour, it is a signe of rain.

If the moon be of a very clear light and not compassed with a mist, it signifies fair weather.  When the moon is compassed about with a circle, like a mighty wheel, or is dim and misty, Wind or Rain followes, or Snow speedily or within 24 hours.

If the Stars be more bright and blazing than ordinary in Summer, then it is a sign of great Winds and wet.  If in Winter they blaze or twinckle, the Wind North or East, it betokeneth great Frost. When the Stars are seen to shoot or fall, it signifies great Winds and Rain.

If the Clouds be in form and shape Round like a dapple Grey colour, and the Wind North or East, it is like to be fair-weathered two or three days after. If the Clouds appear like Rocks or Towers, is signifies great Showers.  If small Clouds grow bigger and bigger in an hour or two, it signifies a great deal of Rain.

If Mists arise out of Ponds and Rivers and there vanish away, it signifies Fair-weather.  But if from thence they arise to the Hill tops, it is likely to be rainy suddenly.  If before the Sun rising there be a general Mist that is in both Hills and Dales near the Full Moon, it signifies Fair weather.  But if such a Mist be in the New of the Moon, it signifies rain in the old of the Moon.

If after a long drought the Rain-bowe appears, it signifies rain.  But if it appear after a long time of rain it signifies Fair weather. If two Rain-bowes appear together, it signifies fair for the present, and rain two or three dayes after.

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  • August 18, 2010 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Another version of the old “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” – and still true! What is the source for this?

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