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WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Humans

Updated on January 20, 2011

How humans can forecast and predict the WEATHER

The weather influences the way we feel and behave.  During the 1950’s, international scientists formed a group to investigate the integral link between the weather and the mental and physical well-being of humans.  This is known as ‘biometeorology’.

The ability to sense temperature and weather changes is certainly not restricted to the creatures of the world.  Many humans, both men and women, are ‘weather sensitive’ and are able to predict a weather and/or temperature change, simply by the way they feel.  Humidity, temperature, high winds and stormy weather affects people in different ways.

Science is yet to fully explain exactly how and why people who have suffered (or suffer from) broken bones, painful rheumatic joints and general aching, prior to wet weather and storms.  Some people claim that muscular pains are more prevalent prior to rain, whilst others vow that corns and scar tissue begin to ache.  It is suggested that low pressure weather systems moving in may intensify the pain.

A fall in atmospheric pressure and/or a rise in humidity can affect energy levels as well as mental and physical functions.  An increase in negative or positive ions within the atmosphere (typical during storm activity) will also affect the way we humans behave and feel.

Certain winds can have an adverse effect on our wellbeing and general health on both the mental and physical planes.  Many illnesses can be aggravated by changes in the weather, and the winds play a major part in how we behave and perform.

Strong, dry winds have a negative effect on our temperament, as well as our skin.  Children and animals tend to behave erratically and are more difficult to control when high, strong winds are prevalent.  Be mindful when dealing with animals and people after a day or two of strong dry winds as both can be irritable and moody.

Humans are able to notice anomalies and read into them ... for example, clearly seeing hills and mountains as though they are closer than they are, indicates rain coming.

Occasionally television screens may show a faint glow in the dark even though they have not been used for a number of hours.  An increase in humidity with the possibility of rain can cause current fluctuations within the television set, which may then produce a faint glow.

Hair brushes and combs will feel very hard on the scalp when the weather is dry.  No rain is on its way when brushes and combs are hard.

A spell of dry weather (with low humidity) is due when static electricity builds up in synthetic clothes, carpet and hair, accompanied by tiny stings and sparks.

Glass doors on refrigerators and freezers tend to fog up and moisture can be felt on the outside of refrigerators if rain is to come.  The same is true is a wisp of fog is seen momentarily when the doors of refrigerators are opened.

Salt, sugar and soot become damp and sticky prior to and during wet weather.  This is because they absorb moisture readily and the humidity in the air increases prior to rain.

The weather plays a major part in our daily lives, and knowing what the future weather is likely to be may enable us to be prepared for any changes in our physical or mental state, enabling us to prepare appropriately.



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    • Tree Change profile imageAUTHOR

      Tree Change 

      9 years ago from AUSTRALIA

      Hi Moon Willow Lake,

      thanks for your comments.

      When you start paying attention to changes it begins to come natural to sense and pick up on what weather is in store for us. It is also interesting to test out theories once you know what signs to look out for.

      I'd love to hear what you find and experience for yourself...

      Tree Change

    • Moon Willow Lake profile image

      Moon Willow Lake 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the information and I'll try to pay attention to a few more things in the future so that perhaps I can start sensing weather changes a little sooner. I hadn't heard of biometeorology before so thanks for writing about it.


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