Animals and Weather Folklore


The groundhog isn’t the only animal that is known to predict the weather.  Although the folklore surrounding groundhog day is really more fun than fact, there are many members of the animal kingdom that do behave differently when the weather changes.  Thom Benson and Rob Mottice from the Tennessee Aquarium share some animal weather folklore facts and fun.

Before the advent of technology to predict weather, people looked to nature for signs of impending storms.  Such phrases as “trout jump high when rain is nigh” appear to have some basis in fact.  Other folklore related to weather prediction have long since been proven to have nothing to do with changes in weather and have just become folklore fun.

The Tennessee Aquarium is featuring The Wild Side of Weather through the month of February with a focus on the folklore fact and fiction behind animal behavior and weather.

Listen to the story.


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