- Education and Science
WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Plants
How Plants can predict the Weather ...
Some species of Cacti bloom and show signs of new growth in readiness for a wet period.
Crocus are commonly seen in gardens and bloom intermittently during Autumn, Winter and Spring. In many parts of Australia, the Crocus will bloom a week or so prior to rain, regardless of the season.
If the seed-heads of dandelion are seen rising into the air, despite no noticeable wind, then bad weather is to be expected.
DATURA (Angel’s Trumpets)
Datura does not have any particular flowering period, but rather, display blooms throughout the year. When the plant stops blooming a wet period follows.
Many Eucalyptus trees display unseasonal growth prior to rain.
A species of Eucalyptus (Wild Apple) comes into a mass of buds and flowers prior to a drought breaking.
IPOMOEA (Morning Glory)
If the day is going to be wet, Morning Glory flowers will not open in the morning.
If Mango trees have an exceptionally heavy covering of blossoms, a particularly severe cyclonic season can be expected.
Mango trees will often show intensely red new tips before heavy rainfall.
When a heavy, wet period is on the way, several species of Melaleuca are known to bloom out of season.
MURRAYA (Mock Orange)
The ‘Mock Orange’ Murraya is an ornamental shrub that bears a profusion of sweetly scented blossoms several times through the year and usually after rain. During a dry spell, if the ‘Mock Orange’ blooms the rain is sure to follow.
Throughout Australia, various plants with ‘lily-like’ flowers will bloom prior to rain. Many will display colourful new growth, and even old trees will show a covering of bright, light green tips. When this is seen during very dry periods it is an indicator that there are favourable weather changes ahead.
WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Humans
- WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Humans
The weather influences the way we feel and behave. During the 1950s, international scientists formed a group to investigate the integral link between the weather and the mental and physical well-being of...
- WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Insects and Spiders
ANTS Ants are the most reliable weather forecasters on earth. A change in the weather is inevitable if the ants behave in a manner which is out of the ordinary. They will be extra industrious and...
- WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Animals and Birds
Since the beginning of human times we have looked to the weather on a daily basis. Weather has played a major role in the way we live our lives, the type of work we do, what we wear, what we eat and the...
- WEATHER - Nature's Forecasters - Sun Moon and Stars
MOON A halo or ring around the Moon can indicate weather variations. When an exceptionally dark area encircles the Moon inside a halo or ring, torrential rain is to follow. If there is no good...