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What does Mackerel scales and mares' tails make lofty ship carry low sails mean?

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June 09, 2008 5:00AM

It is about cloud formations that predict weather. When the clouds look like a Mackerel's scales with horse tails it predicts high winds which would make it necessary for boats to reef their sails. Hope that helps a bit