Red skies at night, slimy seaweed and stay at home bees
Posted on: October 17, 2017
The British weather can be unpredictable to forecast at times but man has often turned to nature to provide an indication of rain, dry spells, high winds, snow and ice.
Closed dandelions indicate rain, slimy seaweed high humidity
A piece of seaweed becomes slimy when humidity is high, dandelions close when it clouds over and scarlet pimpernels close when humidity increases. But, despite popular opinion, an open pinecone is not a reliable indicator of dry weather.
Bees do not like the wet so stay put in the hive
People also look to animals as an indicator of the weather. For example, high-flying swallows are probably chasing insects on updrafts of warm air, which is a sign of stable, fine weather. Bees, on the other hand, do not like the wet weather and will remain by the hive if rain is on its way.
And, the assumption that cows lie down when wet weather is pending is probably not true. They are more likely to be simply chewing the cud or resting.
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