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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Carol g » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:08 pm

Oh how I enjoyed that program, and yes it does show our ages :doh:
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:17 pm

Grantmissy wrote:My Grandfather used to say that when the winds blows very good during August in the more northern parts of South Africa such as in Kruger, a person should see the dust being swept up by the winds, then good rains will come in the summer months just before Christmas and will continue to do so well into the New Year.



I have heard this also, and judging by the wind blowing this last week here in Poloks we should then get a good rain season. :D
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Sparrow » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:46 pm

Seeing that I also remember that Men from the Ministry Program I have an excuse to say that I can feel it in my bones before it rains.

I went to school in Mooi River and used to notice how the caterpillars would bunch up and move higher up the trees. This was a sure sign of rain on the way, and when it did come I used to walk to the top of the farm (3kms) and back just to get soaked. All the other boys thought I was nuts.
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby pops » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:50 pm

My wife and I generally know that rain is in the offing when one of three things happen:

1. Rain spiders come into the house. Why the heck are they called rain spiders?
2. Parktown prawns start appearing.
3. Dark clouds overhead with thunder and lightning = 100% rain irrespective of what the weather experts had forecast on TV :mrgreen:

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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby okie » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:57 pm

I grew up on the Highveld and remember as a child , the strong winds in the latter part of August . And the older folks used to say that the summer rains would start about 6 weeks later , which would have made it about mid-October .
But , the best memories , are that when rains did eventually came , that fantastic clean , earthy smell carried on the wind just prior to a good rainstorm :)
Now , that is something that we do not get here in the Western Cape :cry: And whenever we are on a trip somewhere , say going to visit Kruger , and whilst driving , maybe somewhere in the middle of the Karoo , you suddenly get that smell :)
And I then stop the Landy , get out , and just stand there , taking in deep deep breaths . And , well .......... need I say more :P
And when it starts to rain , with big drops puff-puff , puff , and a sudden down-pour , and thunder and lightning :big_eyes:
Wow .......... :D
And , the shower could suddenly be over , and it is quiet , for a few moments , before a lark may start tweeting as the sun breaks through the clouds :dance:
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Sparrow » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:00 pm

Oh yes okie nobody who knows that smell of fresh oncoming rain will never forget it. Its implanted in the brain/senses
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby chirinda » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:27 am

The smell of the first rain on dry earth has got to be my bestest favourite smell in the whole world. :dance:

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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:30 am

chirinda wrote:The smell of the first rain on dry earth has got to be my bestest favourite smell in the whole world. :dance:


The heat and humidity before the highvelt thunderstorm is quite oppressive. Its almost impossible to move.... then comes the wind.. then the roll of thunder... and finally one of the most spectacular lighting shows on God's own earth.. and then bliss.
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:29 pm

chirinda wrote:The smell of the first rain on dry earth has got to be my bestest favourite smell in the whole world. :dance:
to me too :dance: in tropical or equatorial parts of the world
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby pops » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:42 pm

anne-marie wrote:chirinda wrote:
The smell of the first rain on dry earth has got to be my bestest favourite smell in the whole world.
to me too in tropical or equatorial parts of the world


Ah the smell . Ambrosia for the hearts of all living in Gauteng. :D

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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby okie » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:18 pm

pops wrote:
Ah the smell . Ambrosia for the hearts of all living in Gauteng. :D




Hi pops ---You are talking about petrol and diesel fumes of course :hmz:

Here in the Western Cape , the aroma of apple blossoms , tinged with berries , encompassed by the sweet smell of lemon blossoms , with a lingering whiff of dark chocolate , is like the fulfilment of mother nature's promises in early season :roll:

Oops , burp ! -- have another glass :tongue:
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby pops » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:22 pm

okie wrote:Here in the Western Cape
Okie I know that place quite well. Born there,m growed up there, schooled there, universitied there, married there. Now a Joburger and miss Cape Town.

Yes the WP has better smells. :|

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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:37 am

pops wrote:Yes the WP has better smells.
:hmz:

A sign from nature to indicate rain in Gauteng soon would be great. It would be a nice relieve after the dryness and dust of the past winter and I think Gauteng would then smell nice too - like in the Cape.
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby lemonbalm » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:24 pm

In our family it is that when the cat washes behind its ears it will rain. Apparently there is some scientific reasoning behind this - something to do with the static building up and if they stroke backwards against the growth of their fur it relieves it... My gran also used to say of winds 'up before 7 down before 11, and I have to say it does seem to hold true (some days). Here near DBN we know when the berg wind suddenly switches direction it will rain. and that cooling wind after the HOT dry berg wind is fantastic!!
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Re: Nature's signs of rain

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:34 pm

When I was a little girl, I was told that if you see the cows lying down in a field, then rain is on the way!! :whistle:

Now I am an old tannie, my arthritis warns me!!! :cry: :cry:
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