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Weather predicting animals

Forget meteorology, it's animals who can best tell us what weather to expect! Sometimes.

As we await the groundhog to let us know when spring will arrive, keep a lookout for these animals next time you think about checking your favorite weather app.

1. Groundhogs

Legend has it that each year on February
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Legend has it that each year on February 2nd, a groundhog who sees its shadow at sunrise predicts six more weeks of winter. We've calculated that this is about 50% accurate, so take the groundhog forecast as you will as you impatiently wait for spring.

2. Cows

Farmers say that cows acting restless and lying
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Farmers say that cows acting restless and lying down -- odd behavior for these large mammals -- can signal that a big storm is coming. A 2013 article in The Daily Mail reported that there is in fact scientific evidence that cows have special weather predicting powers!

3. Dogs

Is it about to rain cats and dogs?
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Is it about to rain cats and dogs? Your pet may know! Dogs have been known to act restless before a big storm ABC blogs that dogs really can sense storms! Don't let Fido forget your umbrella.

4. Cats

Have you relied on a feline forecaster lately?
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Have you relied on a feline forecaster lately? NPR reports that an 1883 book from the U.S. Army Signal Service, the predecessor to the National Weather Service, claimed that the natural world can be better than than scientific tools at predicting the weather. Some cat signals to look out for: sneezing, scratching, lying on their head with a turned-up mouth and snoring can all predict rain.

5. Frogs

According to Woman's Day, frogs are known to
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According to Woman's Day, frogs are known to croak louder before a big storm hits.

6. Birds

Birds have been said to predict major storms,
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Birds have been said to predict major storms, like tornadoes and natural disasters. National Geographic reports that scientists believe birds can be "tipped off by infrasound—a type of low-frequency noise—produced by the storms," which humans cannot hear. Groups of birds migrating with high energy can signal an upcoming storm.

7. Japanese catfish

Different than American catfish, Japanese catfish have been
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Different than American catfish, Japanese catfish have been said to predict earthquakes, both in folklore and science. The L.A. Times reported at study in which Japanese catfish increased activity before quakes.

8. Turtles

Before a big storm -- which could cause
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Before a big storm -- which could cause habitat flooding -- turtles may become more apparent on roads and sidewalks. WikiHow says turtles move to higher ground when they predict a large rainfall.

9. Squirrels

See a bunch of squirrels hoarding food? It
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See a bunch of squirrels hoarding food? It may be because they know that a big storm or harsh weather is coming. Nature Alamanac says that squirrels burying their nuts deep in the ground can foreshadow cold weather.

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