School: Corr Odhar (roll number 14701)

Location:
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Aibhistín Ó Coinnigh

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Signs of the Weather

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0126, Page 448

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"Signs Of The Weather"

When there were no weather clocks or glasses, long ago, people made use of animals, birds, the sky, moon and mountains, as weather signs.
If cats sat with their backs to a fire, somebody usually kicked them because it is believed that they foretell bad weather. Cats scrape wood, before "high wind", that is to say, a gale.
The farmer likes to see wild geese flying high and in a northerly direction because fine weather is then expected. If they fly low and to the south, they, are said to be fleeing before severe, cold weather. When curlews cry, or when "crows weave a blanket" that is, when they mix and make noise, rain is expected.
A "mackerel sky" fore-casts a gale. A "mackerel sky" is streaked with yellow.
Told by:
Mr. & Mrs. Cunney.

Collector
Maureen Cunney
Gender
female
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mr Cunney
Gender
male
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mrs Cunney
Gender
female
Address
Corrower, Co. Mayo
Language
English