5 Other Animals Who Can Predict Weather

By now, you’ve all heard that groundhogs can predict the weather, but have you ever wondered what other animals have weather predicting powers?   We took a look at a few animals that are rumored to give signs of impending weather.  Have you found any of these to be true?  Do you know of any other animals that can predict the weather?  Let us know in the comments!


It’s rumored that cows tend to lay down before it rains, but there’s been little evidence that this is true. It’s more likely that they just need to rest their weary legs after a full day of grazing.


Scientists suggest that birds can hear something called infrasound coming from a storm days before it hits, which helps the birds avoid a potential disaster. Keep an eye on our feathered friends the next time a meteorologist warns of an upcoming storm!


The word on the street is that squirrels will nest higher up in trees if a rough winter is expected. Science hasn’t been able to back up this theory yet, so keep an eye out on your local squirrels and let us know what you observe!


Have you ever heard frogs get louder or croak more frequently in the rain? If so, it’s likely not a coincidence. Scientists suggest that the extra water in their natural habitat may make it easier for the frogs to reproduce. So all that extra croaking you hear? That’s the frogs trying to find a mate.


Studies show that sharks swim to deeper waters when tropical storms are brewing, likely due to them being able to sense a change in pressure in their little shark ears. It’s a cruel world when the best time to swim in the ocean and avoid sharks is during a tropical storm…sigh.

The next time you can’t get to a TV, phone or computer, but need to know the weather, pay attention to the animals.  You might be able to pick up more than you ever realized!


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  1. My father would say you can tell when it was an all day rain because the birds would stay on the ground eating the bread we threw out in spite of it raining. Yet, when it was just a short rain, they would fly off and return when it ended. How can they tell the difference? Nature, got to love it!

  2. I’ve noticed that birds fly lower if it’s going to rain.

    Also, a mushrat builds his house farther out in the lake if it’s going to be a cold winter. That probably means the ice will be thicker.


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