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WEATHER SUPERSTITION

RED AT NIGHT SHEPARDS DELIGHT; RED AT MORNING SHEPARDS WARNING.

Submitter comment: THE "RED" REFERS TO THE TINT OF THE SKY. I HAVE HEARD THIS SAYING
EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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WEATHER PREDICTION

RAIN BEFORE SEVEN, QUITS BEFORE ELEVEN.

Submitter comment: USE OF RHYME WITH THE WORDS SEVEN AND ELEVEN AND REPETITION OF THE
WORD BEFORE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND LEDGE

James Callow Keyword(s): PARALLELISM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.465
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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RED SKY IN THE MORNING
SAILORS TAKE WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT
SALIOR'S DELIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

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Belief: Weather

A RED SKY AT NIGHT
IS A SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
A RED SKY IN MORNING
MAKES A SAILOR TAKE WARNING.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS TAUGHT TO ME BY MY MOTHER. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS USUALLY
TRUE.
COLOR

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Ortonville

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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RED SKY AT NIGHT
SAILOR'S DELIGHT,
RED SKY AT MORNING
SAILORS TAKE WARNING

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FATHER WAS IN THE NAVY DURING WORLD WAR I. SHE
ASSUMES HE LEARNED THIS WHILE IN THE SERVICE. HE WOULD
ALWAYS SAY THIS IF HE WAS LOOKING AT A RED SUNSET OR SUNRISE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00001940S

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Sailor's warning

Red sun at night, sailor's delight. Red sun in the morning,
sailors take warning.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Port Sanilac

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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RED CLOUDS AT NIGHT,
SHEPARD'S DELIGHT.
RED CLOUDS IN THE MORNING,
SHEPARD'S WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): AGRICULTURE ; Clouds ; Clouds ; COLOR ; Delight ; FARMING ; METEOROLOGY ; MORNING ; Night ; OMEN ; Portent ; Red ; Shepard ; SIGN ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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IF IT THUNDERS BEFORE SEVEN, IT'LL RAIN BEFORE ELEVEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; CORNERSVILLE

Keyword(s): Eleven ; OMEN ; Rain ; Seven ; SIGN ; Thunder ; Time of day ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001972-00001973 (ASSUMED)

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RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY AT DAWNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Weather sign or control
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief

Date learned: 06-26-1973

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SKY COLOR

EVENING RED AND MORNING GRAY WILL SET THE TRAVELLER ON HIS WAY.
EVENING GRAY AND MORNING RED WILL BRING DOWN RAIN UPON HIS HEAD.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING
RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT

Submitter comment:

TAUGHT TO ME WHEN I WAS A KID.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.891
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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Belief: Weather

RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILORS TAKE WARNING.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.890
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-17-1973

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BELIEF: WEATHER

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SAILOR'S DELIGHT.
RED SKY IN MORNING, SAILOR'S WARNING.

Submitter comment:

RED SKY AT NIGHT MEANS FAIR WEATHER THE NEXT DAY, BUT A RED SKY IN
THE MORNING INDICATES BAD WEATHER FOR THAT DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GREENEVILLE

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 02-27-1969

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Proverb

A rainbow at night is a sailor's delight:

A rainbow in the morning is a sailor's warning.

Submitter comment:

Informant learned this from the rural community near Kinnecott, Ontario.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: RECTORY ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): COLOR ; NATURE ; Nautical ; Ocean ; PREDICTING WEATHER ; PREDICTION ; RHYME ; Sailor ; Sky ; WARNING ; WEATHER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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