“Batten down the hatches, there is a storm rolling in,” signals the cow lying in the pasture or the bird flying low. An old wives’ tale perhaps, or can animals truly sense an impending storm?
There is some truth that lies within animals being keen weather predictors and some not. Let’s start out with the taller tales according to the Farmer’s Almanac:
Although folklore travels the ages and we really want to believe that a groundhog can predict when seasons change, we may want to attribute it more to animals being more sensitive to the surrounding environment, according to John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England.
In an AccuWeather.com article, Linehan said, based on his 30 years of experience of observing animal behaviors, “Animals have more developed senses than humans, such as sense of smell and hearing, and that leads to their ability to detect impending weather changes sooner.”
Researchers have observed the following:
So indeed there are truths to the connection between animals and weather, but perhaps not in such a “crystal ball” sort of way.