A Guide To Watching The Weather

How to predict the weather by reading cloud formations. Information on preciptation, moisture, air streams and meteorology in general.

You might have heard the old joke about 'how you can predict the weather by tying a piece of string to a rock?' You tie it outside of your window, and, if the rock becomes wet, that means that it is raining. If the rock is moving, then that tells you that it is windy out, and so on.

While this is a sure way to tell what the weather is doing at the present time, you can actually learn how to predict the weather by watching certain indicators. These indicators are the barometric pressure, which is measured by a barometer, the wind direction and speed; wind direction can be told by the use of a weather vane, the temperature, which we know by checking a thermometer, of coarse, and the condition of the skies.

To put it quite simply, when the barometric pressure falls, that signals to us that bad weather is coming. On the other hand, when the barometric pressure rises, that means that the weather is certainly going to improve. You can tell when a thunderstorm has passed by by checking the barometric pressure. After the brunt of the storm has moved on, and clearer weather is right behind, then the pressure begins to rise.

The wind direction tells us about the weather too. If the wind blows from the west to the east, we have good weather. But, when the wind changes directions, prepare for a change in the weather. A strong, blowing wind tells us that a change in the weather is coming, also. Either the warm weather we are currently experiencing is going to change to cold, or vice versa.

Cirrus clouds are usually located high in the sky. You can tell cirrus clouds because they are thin, wispy looking clouds. Stratus clouds, on the other hand, are thicker, and sometimes dark. Stratus clouds usually signal approaching bad weather. Cumulus clouds fortell good weather, but if they become dark and thick, this means that bad weather is approaching too. When cumulas clouds become dark and billowy, they are now called cumulonimbus clouds. Cumulonimbus clouds are ones to watch for as they produce electrical storms, rain, hail and sometimes, even tornadoes. The height of the clouds means something too. High clouds usually bring good weather, while low clouds tell us that bad weather is approaching.

You are probably not around a barometer all the time to check it and see if the reading is high or low, or maybe you can't see a weather vane to see what direction the wind is blowing, so, possibly an easier way to forecast the weather is for you to notice more common signs around you. For example, have you ever noticed a ring around the moon at night? This is usually a good indication of precipitation either in the form of rain or snow, depending on the temperature. The ring is produced by the rain clouds and the light of the moon.

Animals have always been said to have a sixth sense when it comes to the weather. When you see cows lying down in the field, that usually means that bad weather is approaching too. Likewise, if you hear either an owl hoot or a dove coo in the daytime.

In conclusion, although we can never be one hundred percent sure of the weather until it happens, we can watch for ourselves for the different indicators and make a fairly accurate guess on what to expect weather wise.

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