Wednesday, September 10, 2003


Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get . (Bureau of Meteorology)

Boynton heard a sceptical Jon Faine on ABC local radio this morning giving the guy from the Weather Bureau a hard time. He simply refused to believe the forecast of afternoon showers, given the hard evidence of bright blue morning sunshine. He chuckled as the weather man stuck to the script, almost conceding that it defied sense. But we Melburnians know there is never much sense to weather in spring, and there is nothing too trustworthy in even the bluest of skies. It's a trick. It's a front. It's raining.

If a dog pulls his feet up high while walking,
A change in the weather is coming

one of the alternative ways to predict weather listed at Weather folklore

Ants are very busy, gnats bite; Crickets are lively, spiders leave their nest; And flies gather in houses before a rain.

And boynton goes crazy and snaps at the canines gathering before a rain, before leaving the house where the footpaths appear rusty and ponds offend and the flowers are unusually perceptible and the birds fly low and the bubbles rise and the blue heeler dog pulls her feet up high and bites in the air before a rain before rain.

Comments: raine

It was beautiful on the way to work - about lunch time - then when I went outside a couple hours later it was raining. Strange.
Posted by Tony.T at September 10, 2003 06:20 PM

but was the cricket lively?
Posted by boynton at September 10, 2003 06:31 PM

My daughter's fractured arm (five years ago now) aches before it rains. The dog (a 10 year old Shepherd puppy) panics way before any storm is evident. Very useful weather vanes.
Posted by wen at September 10, 2003 09:07 PM

Your poor daughter...though I guess it could be quite useful at times.
Whe I was growing up, one of my sisters used to go round the house saying "I can feel it in my bones" - not about the weather but more as a general portent of doom. (And you believed her)

And I may have to observe the dogs more closely from now on- to detect any differences in panic - from default to storm.
Posted by boynton at September 11, 2003 12:16 PM

Cricket was off. Pitch wet.
Posted by Tony.T at September 12, 2003 11:29 AM

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