Stories, Folklore and Legends
Eric Sloane's Weather Almanac
- Author: Eric Sloane
- Publisher: Voyageur Press, Inc. 2005.
- ISBN: 9780896586802
- Annotation: Combining Eric Sloane's Almanac and Weather Forecaster (1955) and Folklore of American Weather (1963), this book is filled with traditional weather sayings and beliefs. Forecasting tips such as which winds bring what kinds of weather, how to "read" clouds, and how to foretell the weather by the moon are also included. Sloane's drawings clarify and enhance the text.
The Essential Book of Weather Lore
- Author: Leslie Horvitz
- Publisher:The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780762108572
- Annotation: From how to predict the weather by peeling an onion or examining the bubbles in coffee, to using plants as meteorological tools by watching how they open and close their flowers or turn their leaves, to observing your pet's behavior before storms-all are included as examples of potentially useful weather lore.
Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder, the World's Strangest True Weather Stories
- Author: Randall S. Cerveny
- Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (Basic Books). 2005.
- ISBN: 9781560258018
- Annotation: Climatologist Randy Cerveny highlights fascinating and strange weather, including hundreds of fish falling from the sky in Louisiana in 1947 to a Kansas tornado that picked up five horses and put them down unhurt a quarter mile from their barn. During a hurricane in 1938 along the eastern seaboard, residents discovered chickens with their feathers completely plucked by the wind. There are chapters on tornadoes, lightning, hail, rain, hurricanes, snow, wind, dust devils, and waterspouts.
It's Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky
- Author: Jerry Dennis
- Publisher: HarperCollins. 1992.
- ISBN: 9780060921958
- Annotation: A look into the natural world's most fascinating phenomena, with illustrated explanations of many atmospheric events such as rainbows, meteors, sunsets, hurricanes, and the northern lights.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Book of Weather and Natural Disasters: Acts of God
- Author: Benjamin A. Watson
- Publisher: Random House. 1995.
- ISBN: 9780679757880
- Annotation: The author searched two centuries of the Almanac, collecting an entertaining and informative treasury of anecdotes, tips, records, and aphorisms about sunshine, wind, rain -- and even the occasional tornado. Rare historical photographs and etchings, folklore, and unique memorabilia are included.
The Weather Companion: An Album of Meteorological History, Science, and Folklore
- Author: Gary Lockhart
- Publisher: Wiley. 1988.
- ISBN: 9780471620792
- Annotation: The Weather Companion is a fascinating compendium of meteorological facts and fables, from ancient myths to the latest research, from the rain forests to the desert regions. You'll learn about the meteorology of Noah's flood; methods of forecasting; the behavior of weather cycles; weather predictors such as the thickness of corn husks, the height of saw grass, and the behavior of animals; weather prophets; and even what makes rain "smell". Gary Lockhart is a chemist, process engineer, and weather hobbyist.
Weather Folk-Lore and Local Weather Signs
- Author: Edward B. Garriot
- Publisher: University Press of the Pacific. 2001.
- ISBN: 9780898755763
- Annotation: The wisdom acquired from our ancestors has been perpetuated in the form of trite sayings or proverbs. Many of these sayings provide insight into the weather; others have lost their potency by transfer to foreign lands where dissimilar climatic conditions obtain; and a large proportion are simply false. This book separates the true sayings that are applicable to the United States, and combines the material with reports on local weather signs that have been officially prepared by observers of the United States Weather Bureau.
Weather Proverbs and Quotes
- Author: George D. Freier
- Publisher: Random House Value Publishing. 1999.
- ISBN: 9780517201947
- Annotation: Scientist George Freier explains why some weather sayings have validity while offering information on both folklore and meteorological elements. Topics such as atmospheric pressure, fronts, occlusion and lightning are included.
- Author: Wolfgang Mieder, Mildred Kingsbury
- Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. 1996.
- ISBN: 9780820433264
- Annotation: A comprehensive collection of 4,435 English and American proverbs, superstitions, and signs concerning the weather. Organized alphabetically by subjects such as frost, rain and particular dates and days. The texts are based on oral and written sources, with each text and its variants being annotated by references to major collections of weather lore from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also includes an introduction to the origin, history, dissemination, meaning, and value of these folk expressions, a bibliography and an index.