Here’s an interesting article on weather predictions by Susan Higgins for Legends & Lore for The Farmer’s Almanac.
Animals and weather folklore go hand in hand. Before Doppler radar and smartphone apps, our ancestors watched animal behavior—groundhogs, birds, fish, cows, even donkeys—to determine what type of weather could be expected. And cats are no exception. We know cats are a lot of things: clean, independent, and highly intelligent—should we add “meteorologists” to the list? In honor of International Cat Day, on August 8th, here’s a look at how these furry felines are fantastic forecasters!
Cat Weather Folklore
When a cat washes behind her ears, expect rain.
When cats lie on their head with mouth turned up expect a storm.
When the cat lies in the sun in February, she will creep behind the stove in March.
If a cat sits with its back to the fire, frost and hard weather can be expected.
When cats sneeze, it’s a sign of rain.
When cats are snoring, foul weather follows.
We also know that cats and other animals can predict earthquakes before they happen.
So cats are once again giving us another reason to pay attention to them!