We’ve all heard of animals acting strangely just prior to a major storm. Can birds flying in circles, dogs howling or cats being restless and nervous really predict the weather? Can animals really sense incoming storms before they happen? I believe they can do this, because I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. I lived across from a dairy farm as a child. The cows would always huddle under the trees just before a storm. I also learned to predict the rain by watching the leaves on the trees. Can animals really sense storms? I did a little research and here’s what I came up with.
Not Just Birds
All over the world, animals seem to sense oncoming storms. We notice it most when observing birds and our pets. Farmers in the field see their stock huddling under trees for protection from an oncoming storm. Even bees display behavior that indicates they can predict the weather. So, it’s not just for the birds, this old wives tale may have a basis in the truth.
We humans rely on five senses. We have been desensitized regarding the natural world. Animals, on the other hand are used to relying on nature for clues. It’s a matter of survival for them, so their senses are sharpened. Many animals have senses beyond our abilities. For instance, birds can hear at very low frequencies. This allows them, among other things, to sense storms faster than humans.
Clocks and Calendars
Human beings rely on clocks and calendars to plan their lives around the seasons. Animals take their cues from nature. They are highly attuned to the world around them. Over the years, humans have lost touch with living in harmony with nature. They are removed from it, so they are removed from the gentle clues of nature as well.
Animals don’t need a barometer to measure barometric pressure. They sense it. So, when they feel pressure rising, they head for shelter. Birds fly home. Other animals gather under trees. Bees return to the hives. It’s all part of living in the natural world. Can animals really sense storms? Yes, they can. It’s all instinct and survival for them.