Published on January 17th, 2012 | by Duncan Riley0
How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets
Check the Clouds
Clouds tell us a lot about the weather. They can tell us if it’s going to be warmer on a particular night as they prevent heat radiation from escaping. They can also tell you whether there will be rain and whether there will be bad weather in general.
Check the Humidity
You can figure out that it’s humid by look at the leaves of certain tree; Pine cone and maple leaves tend to curl in high humidity, just like the hair on some people.
Check the Animals
Birds only fly in the sky when they expect fair weather ahead. Conversely if the power lines in your neighborhood are covered with birds hanging around, that means the air pressure is dropping rapidly. Cows like to lie down when it’s about to rain and ants tend to build their hills with steep sides just before the rain comes. Cats like to clean their ears before the rain and turtles will seek high ground before the storm hits.
Look at the Rainbow and look for a Red Sky
If you see one in the west, it means a major storm front is coming. A red sky at night (again from the west) means that there is a high pressure system with dry air. Look at the sky in the east in the morning. If you see the same red sky it means it means the dry air has already moved on by.
Check the Air
If it smells like a compost heap, expect some rain soon. Similarly, swamps will give off a nasty smell if a storm is on its way.
Check the Moon
Seen any red moons lately? That means there is dust in the air. However, if it’s nice and clear, then you should expect some rain soon.
Check the Wind
If you can tell which way the wind is blowing, you can tell if there is a storm approaching. Easterly winds say that a storm is coming. Westerly winds say the opposite. Strong winds will tell you that high pressure is on its way.