Why Birds Beat Groundhogs at Weather Forecasting

Canada geese

Bird Forecasting Folklore

Here’s a collection of forecasting folklore that involves birds. Each adage probably resulted from countless observations and correlations with weather centuries ago. Much of it make scientific sense.
  • Hawks [or geese or swallows] flying high means a clear sky. When they fly low, prepare for a blow.
  • When birds of long flight hang about home, expect a storm.
  • Birds more actively feed before a storm.

Find out why science supports these observations »

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