Which old wives’ tales CAN you rely on?

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SHEP­HERD’S DE­LIGHT

Be­lieved by 83% and largely

TRUE. It is a sign of fair con­di­tions to the west, from where most of our weather comes. High pres­sure traps dust and dirt in the air. This scat­ters blue light, leav­ing only the red light in the sky.

IT’S TOO COLD TO SNOW

Be­lieved by 62% but UN­TRUE. The colder the air, the less wa­ter vapour there is in it, re­duc­ing the chance of snow. How­ever, there are many other fac­tors and in Ire­land it is un­likely to be cold enough to stop it snow­ing.

COWS LIE DOWN WHEN IT’S ABOUT TO RAIN

Be­lieved by 61% but UN­TRUE. There is no sci­en­tific backing for this at all. Cows lie down for many rea­sons.

AN OPEN PINE CONE IS A SIGN OF GOOD WEATHER

Be­lieved by 55%, it is TRUE. In dry weather, pine cones dry out, which causes their scales to stand out, giv­ing an ‘open’ ap­pear­ance.

RAIN BE­FORE SEVEN, FINE BY 11

Be­lieved by 32% and OF­TEN

TRUE. Our weather sys­tems can sweep across very quickly. So four hours is of­ten enough time for rain to pass.

RAIN ON ST SWITHIN’S DAY, RAIN FOR 40 DAYS

Be­lieved by 27% but FALSE. Since records be­gan, there has been no pe­riod of rain­fall last­ing that long.

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