AHG Badge Help – Young Meteorologist #15

Since today is Groundhog Day, why not incorporate a little badge work into your day.  Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Will we have six more weeks of winter?

Long before computers, people used signs to predict the weather. Over time, they recognized a pattern between cloud patterns and animal behavior and the upcoming weather. This created a long list of weather folklore.

Weather folklore dates back before biblical times.  Did you know that Jesus talked about signs and upcoming weather? In Matthew 16, Jesus said that the Pharisees and Sadducees knew how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but could not interpret the signs of the times.

Here are few others you may have heard before…

  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
  • March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
  • Rain before 7, clear by 11
  • Wind in the west, weather at it’s best

If you want to learn more, see the National Parks Service (here) or the Old Farmer’s Almanac (here).

Another website, the Natural Navigator, does a great job explaining the meaning and accuracy of several weather folklore sayings (here).

If you are looking for additional badge helps for the Young Meteorologist badge, check these out:

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.



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