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Pat Shingleton: "Donkey's Ears and Showers..."

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Posted: Dec 5, 2013 6:01 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Natural predictions. Horse Neck Stretching. Dogs Mosquitoes

Before weather forecasts, nature provided signs of seasonal change. Folklore suggests donkey's ears would hang downward and tilt forward as they rubbed them against a wall at the first sign of rain. Fish supposedly rise to the surface and hit more bait before a downpour. Others believe that horses will stretch out their necks, sniff the air, pull back their lips and grin prior to a shower. Other signs of approaching cold weather, which we may experience tonight, include: bulls leading cows out to pasture, cats sneezing or washing behind their ears, mosquitoes biting more frequently, that's year-round here, dogs rolling on the ground, acting stupid, eating grass and straightening their tails. For me, pre-thunderstorms put me under the bed.

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