And happy I am to see it, after a long worrying dry spell in May. In this area we average about 44 inches of precipitation a year--a lot by some standards but it's what keeps us so green and lush. And when it doesn't rain for a week or so, I start worrying.
Sunday as I was leaving the grocery store it started to shower while the sun was still shining. I looked for a rainbow but saw none. Still, as I said to a woman beside me, "Rain when the sun shines means rain tomorrow." And that's almost always correct.
The rain crows--morning doves, actually, but Larry has always called them rain crows--are another predictor of coming rain. If they're calling, expect rain within 24 hours. They're not always accurate though. I suppose even birds have opinions about the weather.
No dew in the morning often means rain on the way too, as does cows lying down or huddled under trees, leaves blowing over, a pink or red sunrise, a ring around the moon, and a wind from the south.
Are there any ways that you predict coming weather? I'd love to hear them. Oh, and I left out the most obvious one of all--water all the gardens thoroughly and it will surely rain. That's been our experience, anyhow!
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