Ancient farmers could forecast rain

6 January 2000

Ancient farmers could forecast rain

RESEARCHERS at the University of California have confirmed some of the ancient wisdom held by farmers down the ages about the weather.

Their research supports the belief that rain between October and May can be gauged by the brightness of the stars in the Pleiades constellation in June.

The enduring belief is that the brighter the stars, the more abundant are the rains during the growing season.

Scientists suggest the visibility of the constellation might be related to the presence of wispy cirrus clouds high in the atmosphere.

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