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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

i w as taught this by an old salt... who learned it from an old salt... is lore.. cool stuff, lore..aint taught anymore, tho...
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i w as taught this by an old salt... who learned it from an old salt... is lore.. cool stuff, lore..aint taught anymore, tho...
Ain't that the truth. I wonder if there is an old salty lore app?

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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

I would imagine in the past sailors were very attuned to sights, smells and wave patterns that would give them clues. That would include animals.

It makes you wonder how much was accurate and how much was "old sailors tales"...
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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

motissier was very big on wave patterns, and sea life, especially birds...

he also had the famous dolphin pointing him away from the rocks scenario...

a lot of stuff can be learned...but lost these days...

thanks for the tip
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I've been trying to take note of the omens, but I think it's going to require more research:

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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

I knew there was a nautical saying regarding this:

Seagull, seagull, sit on the sand,
It's a sign of rain when you are at hand

In general, birds roost more during a period of low pressure. Before a hurricane, flocks of birds will be seen roosting. Take off may be harder when the pressure is low or the air is thinner because the natural updrafts are lessened.
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Usually you won't see seagulls 3 miles offshore, so you'll need better gale predictor..
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Years ago, when I was teaching, my classroom was on the second floor, overlooking the athletic fields... I remember on many gray days I would see flocks of gulls roosting on the grounds and figured it had something to do with approaching weather...but never heard any explanation for this behavior...now I know! Btw..the school was approximately 3 miles or so from the south shore of Long Island... Cool! Guess it just depends where the fields are!
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I would imagine in the past sailors were very attuned to sights, smells and wave patterns that would give them clues. That would include animals.

It makes you wonder how much was accurate and how much was "old sailors tales"...
At sea I get a feeling, but its probably the unconscious acvumulation of facts: waves change height and direction, breeze less consistent or less lulls, or more gusts, increasing high cloud, etc

A lot of the old sailor tales and rhymes were indeed correct! But only for the places they were made up! Red sky at night: yes in the UK means weather system has passed, but on the east coast of the USA could mean system coming.
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