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Did you know that it is possible to predict stormy weather without seeing a forecast?
The key is to learn Mother Nature’s signs which tend to be an accurate indication of what future weather is going to be like.
Usually, you can do this just by looking at the sky!
Fun DIY Weather Forecasting Tricks
There are lots of interesting tips, tricks, and tactics which people use to forecast the weather on their own.
See how to use weather folklore to predict the weather, as described in each of the scenarios below.
What red skies mean:
- A red sky in the west indicates fair weather is likely coming your way
- A red sky in the east during the morning means storms could soon be charging toward you.You may already be familiar with this one:
- Red sky at night, sailors delight.
- Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.
Use the wind to predict low pressure regions:
- When the wind is blowing in the North, no fisherman should set forth.
- When the wind is blowing in the East, tis not fit for man nor beast.
- When the wind is blowing in the South, it brings the food over the fish’s mouth.
- When the wind is blowing in the West, that’s when the fishing’s best!
How seagulls can help you predict the weather:
- Seagull, seagull sit on the sand, it’s never good weather when you’re on land.
What a ring around the moon means:
- When halo rings the moon or sun, rain’s approaching on the run
How you know it’s humid?
- When windows won’t open and the salt clogs the shaker, the weather will favour the umbrella maker!
Use the wind to predict weather conditions:
- No weather is ill, if the wind be still.
How cows can help you predict the weather:
- A cow with its tail to the West makes the weather best.
- A cow with its tail to the East makes the weather least.
What fog in different seasons means:
- A summer fog for fair
- A winter fog for rain
- A fact most everywhere, in valley or on plain.
Pay attention to how the clouds are moving:
- If clouds move against the wind, rain will follow.
Now see why each of those sayings usually rings true when it comes to predicting weather and greater detail of what Mother Nature’s signs are really saying. (You’ll also see some weather lore that isn’t so good at predicting the weather.)
Have fun impressing your friends with all of those do-it-yourself forecasting tricks!
Eventually, if you take your time to study weather patterns, you will soon find that forecasting the weather on your own can be a piece of cake and a load of fun.
Here’s another good one!… Tips For Measuring Distance In The Sky
As a homeowner, I primarily write about weather safety tips that everyone should know in order to protect their home and family during major weather events. I especially like to share seasonal "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of in the Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall. The weather events I've personally experienced include: Hurricanes (while living in Florida), Tornadoes (while living in Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee), Earthquakes (while visiting California), Blizzards (while living in New York and Indiana), and Flooding (while living in Tennessee).