This one is more of a tradition than a saying.When we moved to Arizona, our landscape contractor told us that on construction sites, if there were clouds in the sky, all of the workers gathered in a large circle. If more than three drops landed inside the circle, the workday was cancelled due to rain.
I also love the phrase, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” The word “pink” is also used. Either way, I like this proverb. As to its truth, that depends on the day’s weather.
My favorite weather adage is:Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning. I love looking at the evening sky and try to catch the sunset from my balcony as often as possible. It was also uttered by my dad when we planned to go fishing the following dawn. I don’t think this prediction rhyme beats listening to the local weather report but looking at the sky always makes me happy.
Back in my home state of Texas, the common expression is, If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Which is pretty much true, as weather conditions there can easily go from cloudy to clear, 80 degrees to 40 degrees, no breeze to gale force winds, all in the blink of an eye. But now that I’m living in Florida, my favorite weather sayings all have to do with the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.
I live in a coastal area, so weather systems rarely come in like a lamb. It’s almost always lion-ish weather here. But the adage I learned as a child is that if there’s even a tiny spot of blue in the dark sky, the storm won’t last long. We’ve had showers so hard you had to pull off the road because you couldn’t see, and then sunshine and clear skies less than an hour later. So I made this up “If there’s blue in a stormy sky, good weather will soon draw nigh.”