Reading the weather

Published: Thursday 31 July 1997

A study of 1,800 traditional sayings on weather has revealed that they are as useful in predicting the weather as modern-day forecasting methods. The uk -based study found that one in seven of the sayings were highly accurate and as good as the forecast. The saying "Sunshine and shower, rain again tomorrow", was found to be correct in 80 per cent of the cases. "Seagull, seagull, sit on the sand; its never good weather when you are on land," was found to be 64 per cent true. The sayings have been compiled in a book titled Weather Lore of the English Countryside .

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