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Weather Forecasting - Predicting the Weather

Updated on May 27, 2013

Weather Forecasting The Old Way

You know the old saying "Red Sky at night, shepherds delight, red sky in the morning shepherds warning"
Well there is good reason for this.

The Sun

The sun sets in the west and weather normally flows from the west to the east.
If the sun is setting and the sky is red then it means the air is dry over there because there is dust in the air, so dry weather is on it's way.
If you have a red sky in the morning, to the east, then it means the dry air has passed and is being followed by moist air.

Clouds

Cloud cover on Winter nights means milder weather because the clouds form an insulating barrier from the cold air above.
If you see those tall clouds called Cumulus in the sky then there is a good chance of rain later.
If those tall clouds start to fill the sky as the day goes on then there will be a good chance of severe weather soon.
The wispy long thin clouds in the sky mean there will be bad weather tomorrow.

The Air

Take a deep breath through your nose and close your eyes. If you can smell compost or strong vegetation then it means there is low pressure coming as plants realease gasses just before a storm.

Which direction is the wind blowing?

Toward the West and you've got a good chance of fine weather. Towards the East and the opposite is true and the stronger the wind the more severe the bad weather will be.

Humidity

Try to feel the humidity in the air and look for signs of it because humidity normally comes before heavy rain.
Signs of humidity include your hair going frizzy, leaves going curly, your doors getting harder to open and your salt clumping up in your shaker.

Check the grass in your garden first thing in the morning and if it's dry then there will be a good chance of rain.

Birds

Birds ears are sensitive to air pressure drops so if you see birds flying low or perched on power lines then there is bad weather on the way.
If you live by the coast then watch the seagulls. They tend to stop flying and roost in the cliffs if bad weather is coming.
Also birds go quiet just before it rains, so grab your washing!

So we can all predict the weather just by observing nature around us, cool hey.

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