A recent Instructable was picked up by Lifehacker. It states:

When you pour the coffee into your cup, watch the bubbles.

If the bubbles move to the edge of the cup rather quickly, that's a good sign. Expect clear skies for the next 12 hours.

If the bubbles hang around in the center of the cup, get out your rain gear. You can expect rain in 12 hours.

If the bubbles slowly move to the edge of the cup, you may get a bit of weather, but it should be clearing in a few hours.

If you've managed to make a cup without bubbles, flop a spoonful of coffee back into your cup and make some more bubbles.

In the 'theory' section, they say:

The theory behind this trick is that high pressure will push the bubbles to the edge, and high pressure indicates a period of sunny, calm weather. Low pressure won't move the bubbles and low pressure systems typically bring unsettled weather.

Is this true?

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    Unfortunately there are so many variables when making coffee I can't see this being true - temperature of water, type of coffee, concentration of coffee etc., and when combined with the frankly dubious "high pressure will push bubbles to the edge".... I'm thinking a big no.
    – Rory Alsop
    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:19
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    +1 @RoryAlsop I was thinking on similar lines that this question, with small modifications could also qualify as a Physics SE question with ideal assumptions regarding the variables involved.
    – Green Noob
    Mar 26, 2012 at 16:40
  • duplicate of: physics.stackexchange.com/questions/74771/…
    – DavePhD
    Nov 4, 2015 at 14:25


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