Do cows lie down when it’s about to rain? Take our quiz and find out!
PUBLISHED: 11:45 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 18 July 2017
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Do pine cones open when the weather will be good? Is a red sky at night really a shepherd’s delight? Find out which weather folklores are true, and which are purely myths with our quiz...
Do cows really lie down when it’s about to rain? Is a red sky at night really a shepherd’s delight?
According to the Met Office, 60 per cent of Brits believes cows really can predict the weather by lying down.
Three-quarters of the British public have used folklore such as ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ to predict the weather, but half have been caught out by the weather when they relied on folklore methods.
In a new survey, the Met Office found 49 per cent of people think it can be too cold to snow.
Only 26 per cent of people believe pine cones opening up means good weather, and 22 per cent believe rain on St Swithan’s Day means rain for the next 40 days.
Apparently, 58 per cent of UK adults things these methods are true to some degree - but are they?
Met Office meteorologist and presenter Charlie Powell said: “We were blown away by just how many people use traditional methods to forecast the weather.
“However, some of these weather sayings are backed up by science and can help to give a sense of what sort of weather may be on its way.
“Others, such as cows lying down when it is about to rain, are nothing more than old wives’ tales.
“But either way, none of the methods are as accurate as official forecasts from the Met Office and the research demonstrates that many people have been caught out by relying on weather folklore.
“My advice would be to just check the official Met Office forecast online or on our popular weather app.”
So which of these folklore methods are based on science and which are simply myths? Take our quiz and find out!
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