David & Charles 2010
Hardback 208pp Illustrated
9780715336298   Product Code: 93906
A rainbow in the morning: sailors take warning. Ne'er cast a clout till May be out. Springs rise against rain. Ruth Binney has collected hundreds of such nuggets of wisdom. She discusses the history, traditions and meteorological accuracy of each popular saying, quotes related proverbs and poetry and describes the weather conditions they presage. The book is full of wonderful asides as diverse as birds of omen, moon myths and the TORRO (Tornado and Storm Research Organization) Hailstorm Intensity Scale.