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Can You Use Folklore to Predict the Weather?

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From pbskids.org (Approved: begamatt), produced by PBS Kids
 
Mari and Lindsey wondered how people predicted the weather in the days before Doppler radar and computers. They've heard folklore about "homemade" or natural ways of predicting the weather and were curious if some of those tales were actual true.  They chose four legends to investigate:
Cows lie down when bad weather is coming;
Bees are more active when good weather approaches;
Some people's bones or joints ache when a storm is coming;
Hair loses its curl when the humidity increases. 
The girls discovered that in their nine-day observation, the bees were a fairly good predictor of the next day's weather, as was the sky condition just before sunset. The other indicators, including the cows and Grandma's toe, weren't so reliable. They concluded that nine days may not be a long enough period of time to test out such folktales. However, it did leave them wondering how such tales become popular.
 
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