Collected by Richard Inwards. …
Richard Inwards was a British Meteorologist in the good old days. As an hobby he collected weather proverbs and sayings. They aught to be cross referenced internet web page style. And maybe I shall get around to it one day.
I don’t have the patience to correct all that he set out. But modern folklore would do it the world of good. His book is much of a jumble and an hodgepodge. I will repeat what is necessary to know for anyone who wishes to find out about the weather. The book is a fairly good place for any beginner to start.
Please bear in mind that when he collected the sayings, he wasn't aware of meteorological features that we take for granted these days. And the the people who were profound enough to invent them did not have access to national data except at the prices set at the corn exchanges and meat markets of the towns and villages.
(In actual fact, folk lore is still widely practiced in the Meteorological Office and all such centres around the world where penny pinching has not stopped expert correction of silly computer runs.)
The first chapter contain this phrase that needs to be learned: ”Be it fair or wet, the weather will always pay its debt.”
The saying is true in every respect, both locally and internationally:
When we in Britain suffer severe cold and rain, the length of the spell is matched in California and parts of New South Wales by severe drought.
And when we get relief, they get forest fires.
And added to that, when a series of similar or "like" spells ends, they do so with a severity that brings damaging weather of the alternative kind whatever that might be, along with (in other parts of the world) severe earthquakes or some related phenomenon.
So that covers the saying: ”Be it fair or wet, the weather will always pay its debt.” One more point, the locatioon of the earthquake to which the change in the weather is related will be about 80 degrees from the region where the "Low Pressure Area goes ashore".
("Lows" build up in a process called "convergence" over shallow seas. Overland they tend to filter out as one wave of pressure after another takes a different heading. The separartion is called divergence.
The actual process is a relative of sonics and is more in keeping with the process that produces vortices in kitchen sinks and ocean gyres. So long as it isn't pouring down-stream the current formed by a falling inlet will tend to capture flotsam and return it through the gyre indefinitely.
So it is with the thousands of feet of air that make up the lower atmosphere. If all the layers are still and calm, logic dictates that the upper colder air devoid of moisture and thus much heavier than lower layers, will fall through the column (known as a "thermocline")
This is the force of hurricanes and why the wrm centres are wrpped up and confined. Newton's laws are quite specific on that matter.)