As the proverb goes, “Mares’ tails and mackerel scales make lofty ships to carry low sails.” Together, wispy cirrus clouds resembling horse tails and patchy cirrocumulus signal that a rain storm is on its way.
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"Mackerel Sky, Mackeral Sky, never long wet, never long dry."
Literal interpretation of the old saying meaning to boil the kettle hastily
Storm predicting weather lore. From Eastern Shore's Martinique Beach (Nova Scotia)
"Red sky at morning sailors take warning. Red sky at night sailors delight."
"When the crab his briny home forsakes and strikes on land to roam. T'is a sign before too long the sea will writhe and foam."
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