Back in the old days, before meteorology and Doppler3000, people had to rely on their knowledge of Mother Nature to predict the weather. There are a few things to look for that will tell you if bad weather is on the horizon or if sunny weather is on its way.
Signs Of Oncoming Bad Weather
*Remember, changes in the weather most often come from the West*
First and foremost, remember the old sailor’s rhyme: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” This old folk rhyme is actually quite accurate; it tells whether dry weather is on its way in, or on its way out.
If you notice that the setting sun (in the West) gives the sky a red hue, dry weather is on it’s way. On the other hand, if you see that the rising sun (in the East) gives the sky a red color, then dry weather has passed and wet weather is on its way. The sailors used this method because it effectively predicted when a storm was on it’s way.
Look At The Clouds
Checking out the clouds is a great way to predict the weather. Large, dark, puffy clouds coming from the West indicate a thunderstorm is on its way. Furthermore, the clouds do not necessarily have to be “puffy”; they can also take the form of a dark wall of clouds, which indicates severe weather in the immediate future.
Check The Grass For Morning Dew
Here is another folk rhyme that holds true: “When the dew is on the grass, Rain will never come to pass; When grass is dry at morning light, Look for rain before the night.” If there is dew on the grass, that indicates that the day will be relatively cloudless. If the grass is dry in the morning, it indicates that clouds are either already filling the sky, or will be moving in shortly, bringing rain with them.
Study The Birds
This one is simple. If the birds are flying high, there is no need to worry about oncoming rain. However, when bad weather is on its way, the change in air pressure hurts the birds ears, causing them to fly low and hang around on power lines.
Look at other animals, such as dogs and cows, as indications of oncoming rain storms. Cows often lay down before rainy weather. Dogs get frantic and, from personal experience, will hide under the coffee table before a storm.
Look At The Trees
Deciduous trees are wonderful indicators. Changes in air pressure cause them to flip their leaves upside down, indicating that a cold front is on its way. Also, pinecones open up during humid weather, which means that rain is soon to come.
By looking for these simple hints and clues in nature, you can predict the weather without the help of your local meteorologist or Weather.com. However, its always nice to have a second opinion; so instead of them being your primary source of weather information, predict it yourself and see if your correct! You will get better as the days go by.