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Blog: Weather Folklore - true or false?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Weather folklore has always been interesting to me. I once heard that if the cows were lying before noon, it was going to snow. I’m not sure where that came from or what it was all about, but I was always on the lookout for tired cows as a child! (As far as I can tell, no, that one’s not true.)

Let’s check some more out…

WHEN WINDOWS WON’T OPEN, AND THE SALT CLOGS THE SHAKER, THE WEATHER WILL FAVOR THE UMBRELLA MAKER!

Windows with wood frames tend to stick when the air is full of moisture. The moisture swells the wood, making windows and doors more difficult to budge. Also salt is good at absorbing moisture, so it clumps together rather than pouring out. When the humidity is high, there is a greater likelihood of precipitation. On the other hand, we live in the south and every day is humid. SO while it may be true that the windows and salt may behave that way when it rains, they could just as easily perform the same way on days when it’s humid but doesn’t rain.

CRICKETS CHIRP FASTER WHEN IT’S WARM AND SLOWER WHEN IT’S COLD.

Crickets are like little thermometers – and they’re pretty precise! Only the males do it – to attract females. The hotter it is, the faster they chirp. How many crickets do you hear in the winter?  If you count the cricket’s chirps for 14 seconds and then add 40, you will get the temperature in Fahrenheit at the cricket’s location. Try it! It really works!

LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES THE SAME PLACE TWICE.

Nope! Not true! Lightning tends to strike the highest object so tall buildings can be a target several times a year. The Empire State Building is hit about 25 times a year. Even people can be struck – not just once but more than once! I’ve heard that golfer Lee Trevino has been struck 3 times! I’m not totally sure that’s true - but you get the point. Lightning doesn’t keep a record of what it has hit and what it hasn’t so “when you see it, flee it. When you hear it, clear it!”

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