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The skies above Surrey – DIY weather forecasting - fact or fiction

PUBLISHED: 15:29 16 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:17 20 February 2013

The skies above Surrey – DIY weather forecasting - fact or fiction

The skies above Surrey – DIY weather forecasting - fact or fiction

With the publication of a new book by Surrey weather expert Ian Currie, which sets out to discover if it's possible for us to predict the weather ourselves, we showcase some of his stunning photographs

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2011

With the publication of a new book by Surrey weather expert Ian Currie, which sets out to discover if its possible for us to predict the weather ourselves, over the following pages we showcase some of his stunning photographs many of which are featured in the book and all taken here in our county over the last few years


RED sky at night shepherds delight, or so the well known weather saying goes. And: Red sky in the morning shepherds warning.

But are these just old wives tales or are they really true?

In his latest book, Surrey weather expert Ian Currie seeks to explore the dozens of weather rhymes quoted by generations of sky-watchers and investigates their validity.

In fact, red sky at night often does mean a fine day follows, says the 61-year-old, who has been keeping daily observations at Coulsdon and Chipstead Valley for more than 30 years. Even more accurate, a red or yellow sky in the morning inevitably means rain is on the way.

In his beautifully illustrated book, Ian has picked many striking photographs of the skies above Surrey to help guide the weather-watching reader a number of which are featured on the following pages.

One delightful picture shows a summers day at Denbies vineyard, Dorking, with just a few puffy clouds in a deep blue sky.

When the sky is partly covered by small cotton wool type clouds, it is mid-morning and they are not growing larger, then a fine day can be expected, adds Ian, who has
been studying weather patterns for half a century.

Thus, If woolly fleeces bestrew the heavenly way, be sure no rain will come today.

On the other hand, the opposite usually occurs when cloud continues to thicken throughout the day: If the suns shining pale with a watery eye, be sure a soaking ere nightfall is nigh.

  • Copies of the publication, Weather Lore Fact or Fiction, are available through local bookshops, including the Box Hill National Trust shop and Chessington Garden Centre, for 5.95.

To order a copy of Weather Lore Fact or Fiction by Ian Currie, signed by the author and at the exclusive price of 5.50 (with free postage & packing), send a cheque to: Ian Currie, Frosted Earth, 77 Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3DT.

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