FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — We have all cool tech toys to help us forecast the weather, but for centuries, there have been stories about how animals help make predictions.

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Tales like, if cows are laying down it means it’s going to rain.

We asked around to find out if it’s true.

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Dairy farmers insist that when a cow lies down, they’re not forecasting — they’re working.

“A dairy cow, especially, is laying down because she probably working very hard to produce milk, because that’s her opportunity,” Kathy Skiba said.

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And yet Debbie Larsen, who grew up on a farm with beef cattle, believes that if beef cows lie down, then it might rain.