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Move Over Phil!

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While groundhogs are known to predict the weather, they aren’t the only animals that can tip you off about the climate outside.

For example:
* When a cow endeavors to scratch its ear, it means a shower is very near.
* If the robin sings in the bush, then the weather will be coarse;
* If the robin sings on the barn, then the weather will be warm.
* Wild geese, wild geese, going out to sea, all fine weather it will be.
* Wolves always howl more before a storm.
* Deer and elk come down from the mountains at least two days before a storm.
* When a squirrel eats nuts in a tree, weather is as warm as warm can be.
* Good weather may be expected when a cat washes itself, but when it licks its coat against the grain, expect bad weather.
* When dogs rub themselves in winter, it will thaw soon.

So before you put away those winter boots or your rain gear, observe how your pets or wild animals are behaving.

Compiled by Farmers’ Almanac TV staff

6 comments

1 Jim Barnett { 02.05.11 at 8:36 am }

I use a weather rock. If it’s wet it’s raining, dry sun shine, frost on it cold, and coverd in white it’s snowing!

2 Elizabeth { 02.03.11 at 11:52 am }

The little white dog looks just like mine also.She is not very predecable.Her name when we got her was Sissy—-We had a grandbaby we called sissy,we had to chang her name to Sassy.She is a very good dog.

3 Al { 02.02.11 at 4:01 pm }

When our horses started shedding their thick winter coats, Spring was fast on the way (western New York state).
In southwest, early Spring comes with an early Easter.
With our Pole Shift which is happening, north is no longer north, stars & Sun are all viewing in new locations……………So for 2011……..
Who knows what the hose nose knows!!

4 Michele { 02.02.11 at 11:09 am }

The way I judge if the weather is going to be bad is by my cows and the Deer. My cows Lay down and are very lazy, and the deer come out early to find food. Some times the deer will come out a couple days before a storm and feed early. This never Fails our family….god bless

5 Jane { 02.02.11 at 9:59 am }

I own a dog that looks exactly like this picture . He came from a shelter and you never know what your breed could be . We named him BAXTER .

6 L.Macy { 02.02.11 at 9:53 am }

I judge upcoming winter weather by the squirrels; if they eat the casings & nuts off the shagbark hickory tree BEFORE they are ripe & fall to the ground in autumn, it will be a hard winter. They didn’t do that this year, so I thought it would be mild (didn’t buy more firewood). But ~ it turned out there WERE NO NUTS at all on any of the shagbark hickory trees! (Maybe something to do with their spring flowers not setting, so no nuts?) (Plenty of acorns.)
Sure threw me off-track !!!! (Worse winter since we moved here in 1991.)

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