Monday, May 23, 2011

Apologies, Promises and Predicting the Irish Weather

 
Sorry folks, I’ve been at it again. Slacking off. I’m getting worse too. All I seem to do these days is crawl back every so often, full of apologies and promises, and a lot of chat about the weather, then slink away into obscurity again only to return a week later with a lot of the same.

So I’m going to try not to do that tonight. Though I suppose that ‘sorry folks’ is a form of apology, and saying I’m not going to go slinking away again does kind of count as a promise. Plus, I am going to talk about the weather! Well I’m Irish, it’s what we do.

As they say in these parts, ’tis a while night out there. Terrible windy. Though that’s not quite the type of weather chat I was on about. I was thinking more of the ‘reading nature to predict a storm’ sort.  In fact, I hadn’t actually intended talking about the weather at all until I sat down to write this. I had meant to post about local fairy tales for the lovely Laura.

Most of you won’t know Laura, she doesn’t have a blog, but I’ve known her in the real world for years and believe me, she’s just brilliant. She lives in England and doesn’t get home much, but I met her at a wedding the other day and she promptly reminded me that she likes to keep up to date with the blog. At least she did when there was stuff to keep up to date with. Sorry missus! (Shit, that was another apology.)

Anyway, as I said, I had planned on hunting down some local fairy stories which I knew she’d appreciate. And I did, I found some from right by the area she’s from. They’ll have to wait for another day though (and that’s another promise) ‘cause on the same site I also found this adorable guide to forecasting the weather from signs in nature.

As far as I can tell, it was written by an Inishowen schoolboy in 1938. It’s a just wee bit hilarious, especially considering the storm that’s blowing out there tonight. And I’m sure it’ll be as helpful in Yorkshire as it is here!

 Weather Signs 
by Liam Grant, Maghermore 17/01/1938

When the moon is pale it is a sign of rain.
When there is a ring around the moon it is a sign of rain.
A coppery or pale sunset is a sign of rain.
A rosy sunset means good weather.
When the stars are very bright it is the sign of a storm.
When the cloud are heavy it is a sign of rain.
When it starts to rain if the hens run to their house it is a sign it is going to fair but if they puck about it is going to be a wet day.
When the mist comes up from the sea it is a sign it is a sign of good weather.
When the mist comes down Meentagh glen it is a sign of rain.
When we hear Binion strand roaring it is a sign of rain.
When we hear Carrickabraghey roaring it is a sign of frost.
When the cow shakes herself in the byre it is a sure sign of rain.
When the smoke blows down the chimney it is a sign of rain.
When the hares comes into the fields it is a sign of a storm.
When there are clouds in the sky like goats hair it a sign of rain.
When the crows are up high in the air and fly straight down to the ground it is a sign of rain.
If you see the rock glistening in the distance hills after a shower it is a sign of rain.
When you hear the rivers sounding very loudly it is a sign of rain.
When you can see the hills very close it is a sign of rain.
When you see the merry dancers in the north it is a sign of storm.
When the hills look far away it is a sign of good weather.
When you see the dogs eating grass it is a sign of rain.
When the sun goes down red it is a sign of good weather.
If there is anybody who see wild geese it is a sign of storm.
If you see cows with their backs to the wind it is a sign of rain.
If you see a blue light in the fire it is a sign of storm.
When you see sheep coming in to the front of the hills it is a sign of storm.
If it starts to rain out of the south and the wind to change to the north it will fair.
When you see the cat sitting with the back to the fire it is a sign of storm.
If the new moon has her horns sticking up it is a sign of good weather.
When the horns are sticking down it is a sign of storm.
If the crain goes up the river it is a sign that there is going to be a flood.
If the floor gets damp in wet weather it is going to be good weather.
If the floor gets damp in good weather it is going to be wet weather.
 
THE END

7 comments:

JJ Beazley said...

The weather forecasters over here have started apologising for the fact that most of England isn't going to get any rain again this week. Mind you, they're based in London, so when they say 'most of England,' they mean a fifty mile radius of London. I gather you're about to get puked on by an Icelandic volcano again, too. And so might we.

Kathy said...

I just saw that about the volcano. That sounds really unpleasant. I was just thinking you probably don't have tornadoes but then we don't have volcanoes so I guess we're even. And stop apologizing. You know, tsk..tsk.. doing a blog is SUPPOSED to be fun. So, me thinks you should just do it if and when you feel like it! Love seeing it when you do, though.

Jeanne said...

Kathy's right...stop apologizing!! Blogging is supposed to be for fun - not a chore. :0)
The weather signs were fun to read through. Interesting that so many of them dealt with rain/storms/floods....

eimear brennan said...

brilliant! love little pieces like that, can't wait for your fairy stories....hope you survived after the bad weather, wasn't too bad here, just nice and wild without being dangerous...

Lynn said...

Funny, all signs point to either rain, more rain, or insane buckets of rain. No wonder Ireland's so green.

Wonderful to hear those regional, old folk beliefs. The only ones that I know of from Ontario, Canada (where I grew up) are when the cows lie down in the field and when the flies start buzzing around the window panes it means rain. Not nearly as much fun as all of yours! There is the old "red sky at night, sailor's delight" but I suspect we can't claim that one.

As for your slacking, slack away! I'm with the others who say that this should be fun - not a chore. (Seeing my slacking vs. posting scores you can see I"m serious about that.)

It is always a delight when I come by here and see that you've written a new post - always worth any wait!

Zuzu said...

LOVED this, Róisín! I'll be back for the fairy tales!
:)
~ Zuzu

Laura said...

Why thank you my lovely lady :) I love that it mentions Meentagh glen... thats where I live (well at home)
And it even sounds familiar or maybe at least completely right... and it does hit well from Yorkshire too!!! Thanks again, and see you next time :D x

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