A person putting out to sea will most certainly encounter foul weather and rough seas.
Hurricanes and typhoons are common. The early seafarers working on board sailing ships are very much dependent on the weather. Nowadays, with advanced weather instruments and satellites, weather forecasting has been very
consistent and accurate.
Still in some cases, the weather sayings of the past is still very valid, especially for seamen who does not pack the radio or television around with him. (who does?)
The weather indicators do sometimes have some correlation with factors that affect the weather. Some of these factors are: humidity or moisture in the air, air pressure, wind and the behavior of the natural surroundings to these factors.
Anyway, it is good to remember some of these:
No weather is ill, if the wind be still
Rain before seven, fine by eleven.
A sunshiny shower won't last half an hour.
Mackeral skies and mares tails make ships carry lowered sails.
Mares tales, storms and gales. Mackerel sky, not 24 hours dry.
Every wind has its weather!
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
When the wind is blowing in the North
No fisherman should set forth,
When the wind is blowing in the East,
'Tis not fit for man nor beast,
When the wind is blowing in the South
It brings the food over the fish's mouth,
When the wind is blowing in the West,
That is when the fishing's best!
Wind in the East - the Fish bite the least.
Wind in the West - the Fish bite the best.
When circle around the moon t'will rain
Mackeral sky, mackeral sky - never long wet, never long dry.
red sky at night, sailors delight!
red sky in the morning, sailors take warning!
Sharks go out to sea at the approach of a wave of cold weather.
“Evening red and morning gray
Helps the traveler on his way.
Evening gray and morning red
Brings down rain upon his head.”
“Evening red and morning gray,
Two sure signs of one fine day.”
“Evening red and weather fine.
Morning red, of rain’s a sign.”
“I know ladies by the score
Whose hair foretells the storm;
Long before it begins to pour
Their curls take a drooping form.”
“If smoke hovers low near the ground it is likely to rain.”
“When sounds travel far and wide,
A stormy day will betide.”
“Cold is the night
When the stars shine bright.”
“When the wind backs; and the weather glass falls
Prepare yourself for gales and squalls.”
“When the glass falls low,
Prepare for a blow;
When it rises high.
Let all your kites fly.”
“If clouds move against the wind, rain will follow.”
When the sky is red in the morning,
And sounds travel far at night;
When fish jump high from the water
And flies stick tight, and bite;
When you can't get salt from your shaker,
And your corn gives you extra pain,
There's no need to consult an almanac,
You just know it's going to rain.
More about Rough Seas.
Hurricanes and Typhoons.