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Changing Weather

It's never been an easy task to predict the weather on our little island. This week, I came across an account of traditional ways to predict the weather, in The School's Collection in the National Folklore archive (www.duchas.ie).



This account was collected by a young Evans Byrne, a student of the Christian Brothers school, who asked a Mrs. Byrne in the Faythe to tell him about the weather. It's a trove of information, with beautiful images of nature and daily life as well an account of weather watching gone by.


You can read the original paper scan here:


The change in the weather is known by the sailors and old people of Wexford by different signs such as:-


Signs of Rain:-

(1) A ring around the moon

(2) A red sunrise

(3) A cat sitting with its backs to the fire

(4) Sea-gulls flying over the land.


Signs of a Storm:-

(1) A new moon or half moon on its back.

(2) A "cock's eyes" around the moon.

(3) The curlew's cry at night

(4) Swift clouds


Signs of fine weather:-

(1) A red sunset

(2) A fog in the Summer-time

(3) When the smoke of a chimney goes up straight

(4) When the mountains look far away.



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