Mares' Tails & Mackerel Scales. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl
Weather lore in action
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This photo, as I write this, was taken two days ago. Right now, it is blowing at about 15 knots out of the northwest. Yesterday, it rained and snowed. And I was telling my family that this would occur, because of what is observed here and a little weather lore.
The saying is, “Mare’s tails and mackerel scales make tall ships take in their sails.”
A “mackerel sky” is one that has a lot of cirrocumulus clouds. These often precede an approaching warm front. Warm fronts can bring veering winds and precipitation. The winds create thready clouds with "mares' tails". This weather proverb is an apt way to describe how a sailor would respond upon seeing these clouds.
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