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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I put the rest of the weather "facts" about animals here...as I promised. I don't know if I go along with them all. They are fun to read, however. I think that in times of old...people tended to rely on these stories, because they were not bombarded with the weather forecasts on TV. All day yesterday our weather forecasters were coming on the TV with bulletins...the weather "crawls" across the bottom of our TV screen went on endlessly. Little weather maps were in the corner of our screen...those and the captioning (that my hubby needs) took up most of the screen and we couldn't tell Wolf Blitzer from Anderson Cooper. Emails from friends and neighbors talked about the weather. We compared notes on what we had heard.We battened down the hatches and checked the thermostat...dressed in our flannels and got into bed. I listened off and on all through the night. I fell asleep dreaming of "The Long Winter...by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (A book in the Little House on the Prairie series. If you haven't read this series to your kids...I would highly recommend it. You will enjoy it too.) Our "blizzard" was not up to the Little House standards ...I thought that we would awaken to howling winds and snow blowing furiously by our window. Instead...we had very little wind and no new snow. I guess we should have paid more attention to our dog. Laddie just moseyed around behaving pretty much the same as any day. He went outside and took his time...checked out all the "good spots." Played a little and came back in to shake the snow all over the kitchen floor...get his drink....slobber on the kitchen floor...and found his special bed and took another nap.I guess he knew more that we did...no blizzard was coming.

The article that I found about animals and the weather follows...see what you think.

Our domestic animals, although not regarded by humans as being over burdened with brains, understand climatic conditions much better than we do.

The dog eating grass is a sign of a change in the weather.

The cat is very wise in forecasting the weather. If she sits with her back to the fire, cold weather with frost is imminent. If she sits at the fire washing her face with her paw, rain is approaching, but when seen washing behind and over her ears with her paw, floods are on the way.
If the cat is seen clawing at the legs of chairs or door posts, high winds are forthcoming, and, that is a sign that fishermen took very seriously.

If the horse is perceived heading up the hill in late evening, good weather is not far off, but if he grazes near the farmhouse, and occasionally looks over the stile, bad weather can be expected.

Sheep, which are often regarded as being downright stupid, realise changes in the atmosphere early on, and set out to prepare themselves for it. When in late Autumn, Winter or early Spring, they gather together and jump and play as if showing their prowess in athletics, snow is in the offing.
Again when they keep close together, or run in formation to a high ditch, a hedge, or old stone walls... high winds are fast approaching.
In late Spring, sheep on lowlands head back to the hills and can make their way to the particular pastures they inhabited the previous Summer, their leaving the lowlands is an indication that the harsh Winter and Spring have ended and good weather is on the way.
If the shepherd forces them to go to the mountains in Spring against their wishes, they will invariably return to the lowlands as they realise that more harsh weather is forthcoming. Moreover, at the fall of the year, if the sheep on the hills head for their lowland pastures, harsh weather with storm, hail or snow can be expected in the near future.

Bovine animals are very sensitive to changes in weather also. If cows stay late at the top of the hill on Summer evenings instead of coming home for milking, that is regarded as a sign of good weather. When they are tied for milking and they keep shaking themselves, a storm is on the way.
Cows, standing at the farmyard gate in the morning is regarded as a sign of good weather, as they are in no hurry to begin grazing, knowing they have plenty of time to satisfy their hunger.
Cows shaking themselves before answering a call of nature is a good sign of the weather, but the direct opposite if they shake themselves after! Cows, horses or donkeys grazing while keeping their posterior towards a hedge or ditch, is a sign of an approaching storm.

Goats also prefer to stay out on the hills late rather than come home for milking if good weather is approaching. They also fight and frisk and frolic about if a storm is on the way. Mountain goats coming down to the lowlands also precedes a storm.
The deer, also, if seen coming down to the lowlands in December, a long bad Winter is fast approaching.



Roses and Lilacs said...

You have a bird friendly yard;)

On my way to work this morning I passed three cars off in the ditch, one roll over accident and one fender bender. Altho we didn't get nearly the snow they predicted, it created some bad driving conditions. Stay warm, bitter cold on the way.

Balisha said...

Hi Marnie,
Here I am in my cocoon... not knowing what is going on in our area and I hear about all these accidents. Guess I should be grateful that I don't have to go out and get to a job anymore. Please stay safe and stay warm :)

OhioMom said...

Fun animal facts ... we I would call what we are getting the winds and snow, the streets that were clear have snowed up again ... I am making a pot of veggie soup :)

OhioMom said...

Winds and snow here .. fun facts on the animals :)

perennialgardener said...

Looks like you are lucky to be warm & toasty in your house Balisha. Interesting facts on the animals and weather. :)

garden girl said...

Fun animal lore! I'm so glad not to have to go out in all this mess too! Most days lately my only outings have been twice-daily trips to the train station a few blocks away to drop off and pick up my husband.

Balisha said...

Hi Garden Girl...Loved the White House video on your blog.Wouldn't that be great if he planted a garden? What an example that would make. Thanks for reading and the comment.

Balisha said...

Hi Racquel...warm and toasty is the way it will be today. We were to travel an hour away today, but cancelled. Roads are bad and too cold!

Judy said...

We had a winter weather advisary for Monday night into Tuesday and it did not do a thing here either but it is supposed to get below zero on Thursday night. That was so interesting about the animals.

Britt-Arnhild said...

We got snow again, on top of all we alreday had, during the night. I love the white world.

Thanks for commenting on Marta's blogpost.

Balisha said...

Hi Judy and Britt,
I find the animals and their survival interesting too. I used to love winter too..not as much now. Marta's post yesterday was sweet. She seems to be a wonderful girl.