- By: Cassie Costner
- Posted on: June 11, 2013
For years now, telling the weather has been as simple as turning on the TV and listening to the newscast. Our seven-day forecast has been something that we have come to trust and rely on. But, as we have seen many times, the predictions aren’t always correct. A day that we expected to be sunny and bright can quickly turn into a dismally rainy afternoon.
Way before the technology came around to predict a week’s weather, people were looking ahead simply by looking up. Those methods still exist today, although many seem to have been forgotten. Learning how to examine the sky is a great tool in preparing for disastrous storms.
It’s all in the clouds
There are four major types of clouds. Although some of them may be obvious in what they symbolize is coming, knowing them by name can be a great tool to predicting the weather. The four types of clouds are:
|Cumulus Clouds||Cirrus Clouds||Stratus Clouds||Nimbus Clouds|
Cirrus clouds are very wispy compared to the other types. A dense amount in a small section of the sky can be a signal for a weather change coming soon, but for the time being, these clouds offer no threat of a storm. Cumulus clouds are a low-level cloud, noted for their fluffy appearance. Similar to the cirrus, these are often signs of good weather. In some cases, they can evolve into storm clouds.
Unlike these, a nimbus cloud brings with it drizzly rain. This cloud has the appearance of one big blanket, draping over the sky, eliminating sunlight from the area. Nimbus clouds are always associated with coming rain. They are often darker and have greater height than most clouds, even though they are formed at lower altitudes.
Even though clouds are the most important factor in determining the weather patterns, there are other things that can also give clues. Red skies during sunset, other than directly around where the sun is setting, indicate a high-pressure system is moving in. This means that the weather will be fairly dry. However, if the same red sky is seen in the morning, it shows that the dry air is past, and a storm is coming.
The direction of the wind can also be a great indication of what is coming your way. Most of the time, wind coming from the east is a sign of a storm coming while winds from the west usually mean you are free from a storm for a while.
Learning to predict the weather from the sky can be an easy way to plan your day. The weather channel might not always be completely reliable, learn your own methods to verify what they say. The way you do it may be better than even the most sophisticated methods out there.
Cassie writes on storm patterns. She also writes on the steps of storm damage recovery. With shows such as Storm Chasers, she has developed an interest in extreme storms and their affects.
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