English citations of weather eye
An ability to predict short-term weather
1844, Unattributed, The Quaver; or Songster's pocket companion:
- Murphy hath a weather eye,
He can tell whene'er he pleases,
If it will be wet or dry,
When 'twill thaw, and when it freezes.
2002, John Rousmaniere, After the Storm:
- A simple rule is that white clouds indicate fair weather, black clouds bad. […] A sharp weather eye also takes mental snapshots of clouds, the flight paths of birds, and the direction of waves and can tell more.
2005, Robert J. Armstrong, Getting Started in Powerboating:
- But if you have a VHF, reception of the weather channels is built in, available any time at the push of a button - another reason to have a VHF aboard. Beyond that, you should work on developing a good weather eye (along with all your other seaman's tricks).
A device for monitoring the weather
1955, University of Michigan, Great Britain and the East:
- the airliner's "weather eye" gave warning of a thunderstorm many miles […]
1960, International Oceanographic Foundation, Sea Frontiers:
- weather forecasting is represented by this completely automatic weather eye.
Keep a weather eye open
Maintain a background awareness of
- He had taken me aside one day and promised me a silver fourpenny on the first of every month if I would only keep my "weather-eye open for a seafaring man with one leg" and let him know the moment he appeared.
1921, Harold Stearns, America and the Young Intellectual:
- Naturally the politicians keep a weather eye on the Irish vote, but the important thing which the cynics seem not to take into account is
1991, Drew Racine, Managing Technical Services in the 90's:
- While historically it was necessary to keep a "weather eye" on when addition card cabinets would be needed in a given library, the manager now must focus that same "weather eye" on disk support space for the online system.
Concentrate or focus on
1849, William A. Ross, A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (link):
- "Keep your weather eye up, your Honour," exclaimed the cockswain from his commanding point to P---, who had not seen the advancing ducks; "keep your weather eye up. Here they come; here's provender, your Honour"