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Cows are rarely wrong


Back when I was five years old, I remember being on vacation with my mother in England. On this particular day that so clearly comes to mind, we were driving to the seaside. My uncle, who was driving, told me that it was a good sign that the cows were standing up in the pastures as we drove by.

“Why?” I asked in a perfectly five year old fashion.

“Because when the cows lay down it means it’s going to rain,” he explained.

Since that time I’ve taken predictive cow thing to the next level – to a degree of percentages. So for instance, if three quarters of the cows in a field are standing up, there is a potential for a 25% chance of rain.

So today I was driving to where my son was at camp. It was out in the middle of nowhere and inevitably I passed a field where there were horses and only one cow. It was bright and sunny, but the cow was laying down.

Shit, it’s going to rain, thought I.

When I passed the same cow on my way home, my windshield wipers going as fast as they could, I nodded to the cow.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

52 thoughts on “Cows are rarely wrong

  1. Yep, it’s so true about those cows…love how you write, like you’re chatting at the kitchen table with us.:)


  2. Just like animals can alert you to earthquakes and other impending natural disasters. My cats aren’t so good about predicting hurricanes, though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    • Oh oh. I don’t know where you live, but that doesn’t sound like it was a good thing to find out the hard way.


      • Ha ha … we’re lucky that so far we haven’t been in the direct path of a hurricane. And our cats hate getting wet so even a small downpour gets them bent out of shape. But we used to live in California and I remember people talking about how their cats and dogs would get anxious before a tremor. Of course, there’s usually no place to run to when there’s an earthquake. Just hold on and hope for the best ๐Ÿ˜‰


        • I’ve thought about living on the coast … of somewhere … but I do love the stability of living well inland. I’m already stressed enough without having to worry about extreme weather and gaping holes in the ground. And I don’t even have fish to warn me when something bad is coming!


  3. Love this – brings back so many memories of same… And it’s true ! Also, if the crow nests are high in the trees, it will be a good Summer….


  4. I learned something today!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks!


  5. I loved your story. The comments are hilarious! Something I need to add, if you watch children in a classroom, you will find they get louder and more rambuncious just before it rains. I have narrowed that down to ozone levels. But the worst/best indicator of bad weather or changing weather is an old person like me. Barometric changes kick my butt!


  6. Holy cow! Hence the expression, “It’s going to be a cow of a day”.


  7. Right on Clara Belle!


  8. I was told that too but I never even thought to work on the percentage theory. I’ll be checking that one out.x


  9. Good ol’ cow….



  10. Animals know weather best.


  11. That’s a true story, a wet cow once told me ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. I like to honk at cows when I drive past them. I have no idea why.


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