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What are some Rain Proverbs & Sayings?


It’s a sure sign that rain’s a-coming when…


  • Thunder in the morning, all day storming/Thunder at night is the travelers delight


  • Evening red and morning gray will set the traveler on his way/But evening gray and morning red will bring down rain upon his head


  • No dew on the grass at night is a sign of rain


  • Clouds on the hill tops, if falling, promise rain; if rising, clear weather.


  • A pale rising moon portends rain the next day.


  • If after a rain you can see enough blue sky to make a man a pair of pants, it will clear.


  • Look for rain when the crow flies low


  • When cats wash behind their ears, it means rain


  • It is said that flies bite more when it is going to rain


  • When chairs squeak, of rain they speak.


  • Catchy drawer and sticky door/Coming rain will pour and pour.


  • Spiders leave their webs when it is going to rain


  • A ring around the sun or moon means rain or snow coming soon.


  • When grass is dry at morning light/Look for rain before the night.


  • Sea gull, sea gull, sit on the sand/It’s never good weather while you’re on the land.


  • Sound traveling far and wide, a stormy day betide.


  • When leaves show their undersides, be very sure that rain betides.


  • If ants move their eggs and climb, rain is coming anytime.


  • Chimney smoke descends, our nice weather ends.


  • When the ditch and pond offend the nose/Then look out for rain and stormy blows.


  • When clouds look like black smoke a wise man will put on his cloak.


  • Dust rising in dry weather is a sign of approaching change.


  • If salt is sticky and gains in weight/ It will rain before too late.


  • Red sky at night, sailor’s delight/ Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.


  • When clouds appear like rocks and towers/Earth’s refreshed by frequent showers.


  • When the wind is blowing from the east/’Tis not fit for man nor beast.


  • Flowers are more fragrant before rain


  • The scarlet pimpernel closes in the day time before rain comes.


  • The aching of a broken bone predicts rain.


  • The more cloud types present, the greater the chance of rain or snow.


S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.