In honor of Irene, here's some weather folklore from Maine. It's good for any time of year, not just hurricane season!
Rooster crowing on the fence, rain will go hence.
Rooster crowing on the ground, rain surely will come down.
I hope the rooster got paid extra for his weather predictions, because it sounds like people depended on him in pre-Internet days. Here's another rooster forecast:
If a rooster crows before going to bedThe rooster doesn't have a monopoly in the bird world, though. Robins calling to each other, and loons crying are also signs of rain.
He will rise with a wet head.
Animals other than birds can predict the weather as well. Want to know if a windstorm is coming? Check to see if your local spider is adding extra strands to his web, if the sea gulls have flown inland, or (if you're at sea) dolphins are playing around your ship.
Here's my favorite weather rhyme from Maine. Short and sweet, and a little spicey.
Sun sets Friday clear as a bell
Rain on Monday sure as hell.
This weather folklore is courtesy of Horace Beck's The Foklore of Maine.