Niagara Gazette — In more scientific terms, the changing of the seasons, also known as the equinox and solstice is actually a result of the tilting of the earth on its axis as it circumnavigates the sun, as I recall from my grade school days.
In fact, the changing of the seasons is so predictable that scientists can pinpoint them precisely, but of course, we know that weather around here never quite sticks to the calendar.
We’ve seen it snow here as late as May, and watched flowers bloom in December, but generally speaking it is clear enough that the seasons do follow some sort of generally predictable course.
In spite of the availability of amazingly accurate up to the minute information now accessible via smart phones, laptop and tablet computers from dozens of high-powered weather satellites, some people still prefer to rely on weather lore and old folk tales to predict the weather. I’ve even heard some claim that it is sacrilegious to even try to predict the weather, “That’s God’s business, no man can know what only He knows”.
I’m not sure how they got started, but folks have concocted some very interesting ways of predicting the weather, some of them actually work, so they say; for example, it is said that when cows are lying down in a field, rain is on its way. Here’s one from England: “If the oak flowers before the ash, we shall have a splash. If the ash flowers before the oak, we shall have a soak.” I have heard it said that if a squirrel’s tail is very bushy or they are collecting scores of nuts in autumn, a severe winter will follow.
And who has not heard: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”