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8 animals that give the weather report

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Move over groundhogs, there are other animals out there in the animal kingdom that are believed to be able to predict the weather! They do it all year long - not just February 2 on Groundhog Day. Some of us humans look to these animals for signs that the weather might change. Which animals, you ask? Check out our list below!

Frogs

Frogs

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If you’ve ever hung around a lake or marshland at night, that loud, high-pitched sound you’re hearing is probably coming from frogs. If you ever notice that the sound of those frogs starts to get louder and go on longer, that probably means there’s a storm coming.

Birds

Seagull

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When birds fly high up in the sky, it usually means that the weather will be good because the sky is clear. If they start flying lower to the ground, it’s said that it’s because there’s bad weather coming. The pressure dropping in the atmosphere from an oncoming storm makes the birds uncomfortable when flying high up in the sky. Seagulls, for example, will return to land if they sense the pressure drop over water.

Cows

Cows

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Have you ever seen a cow start to get antsy and restless? Is their tail frantically swatting at flies? Well some farmers believe that the cows are predicting an oncoming storm when they start to act this way. They may even lay down in the grass to save a spot before it gets wet from the rain.

Bees and Butterflies

Butterfly

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It is believed that bees and butterflies can also sense pressure changes in the atmosphere like birds can. So when you look in the gardens and notice there are no bees or butterflies, it probably means they have gone away to hide from the rain that is on it’s way.

Sheep

Sheep

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There is an old rhyme that goes “When sheep gather in a huddle, tomorrow we’ll have a puddle.” It may not be entirely true, but it’s thought that when the sheep start to gather close together they are shielding each other from a potential oncoming storm. Whether it be rain, wind or snow these guys have each other’s backs!

Ants

Ant

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If you ever notice that tiny ant hills on sidewalks and driveways start to get bigger, it probably means a storm or some rain is coming. Some believe that the ants are trying to make their mounds more sturdy and even cover the entrance to their underground tunnels.

Elephants

Mother and baby elephant

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Elephants have greater hearing than humans and can hear sounds much lower than we can. So if an earthquake happens, scientists believe that maybe the elephants can hear them from a great distance away as well as feel the vibrations through their large feet. This gives the elephants a warning that it’s time to flee to higher and safer grounds. Maybe we should follow!