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  1. wiseboy
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    how to understand : " koalas fight, shepherd's delight" ?


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    "Red sky at night, shepherds delight"

    Is something I have heard. The atmospheric conditions that give rise to a red sky at sunset mean that the next day will be fine.

    I spent a few months in Oz and never saw a single koala outside a zoo. I find it hard to believe you can look out your window and see the trees full of fighting koalas.

    Thus I have no idea, maybe an Australian would know.

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    Hi wiseboy,

    The saying, as it was taught to me (when I was a child), goes:
    Red sky at night, sailor's delight.


    Red in the morning, sailors take warning.

    Here's a link from the Hong Kong Observatory that provides a short article explaining the atmospheric conditions that might support the old adage:

    http://www.weather.gov.hk/education/edu01met/wxphe/ele_redskye.htm



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    Wiseboy: where did you read or hear this version? I'm intrigued.

    David

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    The shepherd's version might date back to Noah's ark!


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    He must have received it as a homework, am I right?
    I think there are regional variations to this saying, like in Poland we say that when the stars are clearly visible at night, the day's going to be frosty.

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    In Galway in Ireland they say that if you can see the Aran Islands, it's going to rain and if you can't see them, it's raining.

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