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Grandma Says: Weather Lore From Meteorologist Cindy Day [Hardcover]

Cindy Day
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Sept. 28 2012


Rain before seven, fine by eleven.
  When chimney smoke descends the fair weather ends.
  When swallows fly high the weather will be dry; when birds fly low expect rain and a blow


On Cindy Day's grandmother's farm, the weather wasn't predicted with a computer or official forecast, but by accumulated wisdom and careful observation. Cindy's grandma was a constant prognosticator, making predictions about the weather that more often than not, proved correct!


Grandma Says is a collection of 80 weather-related sayings that Cindy recalls from her grandmother. Now CTV's meteorologist, Cindy explains the science behind this traditional weather lore, and over 40 accent illustrations complement the text.

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Pleased Nov. 20 2012
By Dnaltub
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I ordered two copies of this book from Amazon.ca for Christmas gifts. When they arrived - in record time - I perused one and became greatly interested in the writing. Not only do we hear what Grandma says, but we then hear how this prediction was possible with Cindy Day's meteorological explanation. What a delightful book written in such a unique way. I ordered three more copies to cross off more names on my Christmas list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book Dec 6 2012
By shadow
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Lovely book
very interesting...heard some of the quotes all my life
have ordered 4 more as Christmas gifts......sure hope they arrive on time
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Grandma says by Cindy Day Nov. 12 2012
By Theresa
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I have been watching Cindy Day as a weather girl on CTV Halifax . I just love her and her stories about her grandmother and the weather. I like the way she can match what she says with facts. Very interesting and entertaining. Way to go Cindy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9 2014
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What can I say, Cindy is a meteorological guru, I bought one for myself and one for a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weather Lore Feb. 18 2014
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This is a very well done book on old weather sayings. It brought back a lot of memories of sayings I grew up with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 17 2014
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Brings back fond memories of my childhood when I would hear the forecast from my mother,aunt and uncle. I have ordered 3 more books to give to family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red sky at night, sailor's delight... Jan. 12 2014
By Betty Gelean TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this little book. Besides the wonderful old sayings our grandparents and great-grandparents had about the weather, Cindy Day is a 25-year veteran of meteorology must recently seen on CTV.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Dec 23 2013
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It has lived up to everything I expected and giving it to my husband for Christmas. I know he will enjoy it too.
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