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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

old sailor lore was very good way to keep from dying at ea. it worked. some things, such as red sky were specific, i noticed to temperate zones, from which many came and sailed.
here in tropics, red sky just means a beautiful sunrise
before furycames is not red sky but gorgeous sunrises and sunsets then cloudy days for 4 days with rain and wind.
before furycames in long island, n y, we did have red sky. very memorable ones.
sailing hudson river red sky meant no sailing today, as the old salt who taught us would not sail on a red sky day. he was always correct.
was also an apple farmer.
knew his weather cold, and was still alive after years of rtw tallships and steam ship work.
there are other signs at sea to follow with impending changes...we learn them as we go. and if we are smart we remember them.
old salt lore will save your life at sea, if not make your day improved if followed.


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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.
This is a good point. Red sky at night means something different near Nanaimo BC where there are 3 paper mills. It's always a red sky at night.


Another piece of wisdom that I learned from bushmen in Australia, that is less directly related to boating, is that when ants build up little piles of dirt around their holes (the ones that are usually flush with the ground) then it is going to rain. Apparently the little mounds of dirt become mud and close off the hole creating a natural and temporary mud roof and it keeps the entire ant colony from downing. This can be observed in cities as well as the little mounds appear between paving bricks and cement fissures on the sidewalks.

The picture I found below is actually for something else, but it was what I had in mind and illustrates the point. In the above picture there is a mound of granulated dirt and we can expect rain, and in the picture below it will not rain significantly or at all.


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Re: A lesser known gale prediction trick

Here is a better photo of the granular ant hill surrounding the entrance that you see before a big rain.


The website this photo came from purports to have all kinds of weather forecasting lore. I don't have experience with most of them myself, but I have heard of some of them.

Learn the tricks and impress your friends with your saltiness! Arrrrr!
Weather forecasting without technology-- with lots of annoying adds and pop-ups

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Red sky in the morning ,sailor take warning;; Red sky at night , sailor take warning.
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My wife's....... red wine at night, sailor's delight.
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