Heritage Village, East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Weather Wisdom from the Past


When the dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass.

It is a sign of rain when flies bit more aggressively than normal.

It is a sign of rain when cattle bunch together.

When we hear noises from far away, moisture is on its way.

If you cut an onion and milky colored juice runs out it means moisture is coming.      

If it rains when the Sun is shining, it is going to rain tomorrow.

Rain is coming when lots of ant hills are seen on the roadside.

If the Big Dipper holds water, it won’t rain.

If the dull side of leaves on trees are showing, it will rain.

If the Moon is tipped, it will rain



          Cold is the night when the stars shine bright. 

A ring around the Moon means cold weather.

          A sun do (ring around the Sun) means a cold spell is coming.

            When corn husks are tight on the cob, a cold winter is ahead.

            Cold weather is on its way when you see a high flying flock of geese heading South.


Weather Change

When a person’s arthritis flairs up, there will be a change in the weather.

Rheumatism aches are a sign of a weather change.

            Robins in the bush are a sign of an oncoming storm.

            If birds fly in groups near the ground, there will be a change in the weather.

            If cream won’t whip, a lightning storm will follow.

            Animals know when the weather will change to a storm.

            Students acting up in school indicates a change in weather.



            Fall is coming when the blackbirds start to bunch up in big flocks.

            If crickets come early, there will be an early fall.

            When corn husks are thick, it is going to be a long, hard winter.

            When muskrats build big houses, it’s a sign of a hard winter.

            Lots of berries on the trees indicate a coming hard winter.

            If the Sun goes down clear on Friday night, clear weather will prevail in the week.


Adapted from: Water resources.  Suitcase Exhibits, North Dakota, ND State Historical Society.  Bismarck, ND.