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How To Predict Weather Without Forecast

In the old days, weather prediction involved simply looking to the sky to determine the coming weather. But since the invention of the Doppler radar, humankind has relied on their news shows’ forecast to see what the weather was like for the next day and or coming week.

Others might head to the internet for the weather forecast needs. But what do you do if the technology is not available? Here are a couple of ways you can predict the weather without a forecast:

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1. Watch The Wildlife

When it comes to the weather, animals have senses far more in tune with weather indicators than humans, which is why observing them is so useful.

Look at how an ant colony builds their hills. Are the sides very steep? There’s a good chance you will be seeing rain. Other indicators of impending storms are turtles searching for higher ground and seagulls taking shelter on land at the edge of the ocean.

Low-flying birds may also be an indicator of change in barometric pressure. It is believed that this behavior has to do with the pressure change in the inner ear during rapid pressure changes.

You can also observe the behavior of cows to determine the weather. If the herd clusters together, you can bet a storm is on its way. A restless cow in a barn is also an indicator of an approaching storm, as most are normally calm.

2. Listen to Your Body

We often do not give the human body enough credit. During certain weather changes, your body could be responding and you may not even be aware of it. Your hair is a good way to measure the humidity levels. Is your hair looking frizzy? You are looking at high humidity.

People afflicted with arthritis often say “I can feel the rain coming.” They often report feeling pain in their joints just before it begins to rain.

Sometimes you might just “feel” like it’s going to rain. Trust your instinct and take that umbrella with you.

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3. Heed Smoke Signals

Smoke signals were used long ago to communicate esoteric messages between people. But they can also be an indicator of the type of weather that is headed your direction. Stand back and observer the smoke from your campfire or a neighbor’s chimney. If the weather is clear, the smoke will slowly and steadily rise upward.

If the air pressure is low, the smoke will eventually swirl about before falling.

4. Gaze at The Moon

Low-pressure changes in the air actually clear dust that has been hanging in the atmosphere. This is when the moon will appear very bright and very prominent in the sky.

Has the moon ever appeared to have a halo while you observed it? This halo is the result of the moon’s light shining high, thin, wispy cirrus cloud. Cirrus cloud is usually an indicator of a coming storm.

Even if it has not rained in the past few days, that ring around the moon signifies it will come soon. So be prepared when you see it.

5. Breathe Deeply

Spend some time taking in the scents of our world. The pre-rain moisture before a storm seems to enhance the aroma of everything around you. Sometimes you might even catch a whiff of what smells like a compost heap. That is the result of plants excreting their waste because of a low-pressure change.

6. You “Smell” Rain

Many people will also state that they “smell” rain. That distinct smell right before the rain is actually ozone, the same gas that makes up our ozone layer. When oxygen particles are electrically charged, an extra bond is created (O3). The smell of ozone is often an indicator of an imminent storm.

7. Look at Your Coffee

That’s right, the cup of coffee you’ve been drinking every morning has been giving you the forecast and it’s been getting ignored for a long time. Next time you are sitting at the table and having a morning coffee, take notice of the bubbles in the cup.

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When the bubbles move to the side of the cup, expect high pressure and good weather for another 12 hours. If the bubbles stay in the middle, you might want to run home for an umbrella.

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