Grandma Says: Weather Lore From Meteorologist Cindy Day Hardcover – Sep 28 2012
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About the Author
Cindy Day grew up on a dairy farm in Bainsville, Ontario, surrounded by nature and influenced by wise parents and a grandmother with a keen sense for forecasting the weather. She has been a meteorologist for over twenty-five years, most recently on television with CTV Atlantic.
She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
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RAIN BEFORE SEVEN, FINE BY ELEVEN
Grandma was an early riser. In fact I don't think I ever heard an alarm clock go off in her bedroom. She was up with the roosters!
When the day got off to a rainy start, she would tell us that before long, the rain would stop: "Rain before 7, fine by 11".
This is one of those weather sayings that is not always correct but it is often right and it can be explained with a quick look at a weather map.
Some systems are more active at certain times of the day. A cold front is often made more powerful with the benefit of daytime heating, especially if the sun is out. Cold fronts trigger those dramatic late day thunderstorms that we sometimes experience at the end of a hot summer day. A few hours after sunset, a lot of that energy subsides.A warm front on the other hand has a much more gentle approach. It's a slower moving wide band of moisture that comes in to replace cooler air. Because the warm air is less dense, it slides up and over the colder air; condensation occurs and rain falls behind the front. That process is helped along by the cooling of the air after sunset. The slow moving system can take as long as 12 hours to move through, so if the rain began at sunset, it should be on its way out shortly after sunrise. Once the front passes, the sky clears and the air pressure rises. Temperatures also rise as warm air replaces cold air. So if you wake up to the sound of light rain dancing on the roof, don't despair,the day might not be right off after all. Grandma would tell you that there's a good a chance that rain could end before noon with some sun to brighten the rest of your day.
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very interesting...heard some of the quotes all my life
have ordered 4 more as Christmas gifts......sure hope they arrive on time
Many of us have heard the saying "Red sky at night, Sailors delight; Red sky at morning, Sailors take warning" but the one my Grandma used to say, especially if we were on a car trip, was "If there's enough blue sky to mend a pair of Dutchman's breeches, the weather will be fine." Now, please take no offence to this, in Grandma's day the men and boys in Holland wore very wide-legged pants that came in at the ankle, hence if there were clouds in the sky but a big blue patch among them, the day would turn out fine. I was happy about seeing this one because I'd never heard anyone other than Grandma (and myself) say it!
This little treasure, divided by seasonal weather sayings, gives us the sayings of the past, but the added bonus is the meteorological science connecting the dots. We are given the how and why these sayings would come about and how true or not they were. I enjoyed this book tremendously, and now I know how so many of these weather 'wisdoms' came about, Groundhog's spring predictions aside, many are much more realistic. This is a remarkable opportunity to learn why these sayings were so often on the mark and what science tells us how they worked. For me, this was a happy trip down memory lane, but put it all together and it's a cohesive book of lore and science, which don't clash at all. A Globe and Mail year-end top 20 Bestseller. Recommended for any age.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Most recent customer reviews
Bought this as a gift for my Dad-in-law. He enjoyed reading the quirky collection by the author.Published 8 days ago by Maria R
I ordered this book for my mom. I had it delivered to her door. She absolutely loved the book! She is 80 years old and has been watching Ciindy Day on CTV News for years.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was very intresting from beginning to end!!! I recommend it to everyone who intrested in the weather forcast.Published 4 months ago by William J Kelly
Very good book. Enjoyed it very much. Was what I thought to be an origional concept.Published 17 months ago by bberk
What can I say, Cindy is a meteorological guru, I bought one for myself and one for a gift.Published 19 months ago by jPhotonica
This is a very well done book on old weather sayings. It brought back a lot of memories of sayings I grew up with.Published 24 months ago by Larry McIntosh
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