How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets

Being able to forecast the weather has a number of benefits, the most important of which is that it allows us to be ready. That’s why a number of agencies are tasked to forecast if it will rain or snow or if there will be a storm or where the cyclone would hit. These forecasts won’t be possible without the help of various weather equipment. But what if you don’t have gadgets and fancy equipment, could you still predict the weather? Apparently, yes. Here’s how.

Watch the Clouds

Observing the clouds could give you insights on what the weather will be.

cloud cover
Cloud cover on a winter night – expect warmer weather because clouds prevent heat radiation that would lower the temperature on a clear night.
cumulus tower
Cumulus Towers – Seeing these clouds indicate that there would possibly be rain showers later in the day. Make sure you bring an umbrella or maybe a raincoat with you.
cumulonimbus cloud
Cumulonimbus Clouds – if you see these clouds early in the day and they develop throughout the day, there’s a great chance that severe weather will strike.
cirrus clouds
Cirrus Clouds – if you see these clouds high up in the sky like long streamers suspended in the air, it’s expected that bad weather will be felt within 36 hours.
Clouds Going in Different Directions – If you see clouds going in different directions like one set of clouds going north while the others go west, bad weather usually happens next – most likely hail.
mammatus cloud
Mammatus Clouds – these clouds are kinda creepy but seeing these clouds is actually good news since thunderstorms are dissipating.

Animal Behavior

The behavior of animals could also determine what weather lies ahead. It seems as if animals can sense different weather anomalies better than us.

flying birds
Birds – If you see birds flying high in the sky, it means that there will probably be fair weather. Falling air pressure (low pressure) caused by an imminent storm causes discomfort in ears of birds which forces them to fly low to alleviate the discomfort. Another indicator of swiftly falling air pressure is a large number of birds roosting on power lines.
Cows – Cows typically lie down before a thunderstorm. They also tend to stay close together if bad weather is on the way. Make sure to stop by the nearby farm and observe these gentle creatures.
Ants – It has been observed that ants build their hills with very steep sides just before a rain. Also, before a typhoon, ants tend to come out in bunches seeking for food.
Turtles – turtles search for higher ground when a large amount of rainfall is expected. They would be often seen in the road 1 to 2 days before heavy rain.

Look for a Rainbow

rainbow in the west
Major storms mostly travel from West to East. Generally, a rainbow in the west means moisture. This is of course not a good thing because it could mean that rain is on its way. However, if you can see a rainbow in the east around sunset, it means that the rain is on its way out and you can look forward to sunny days straight ahead. Aside from rainbows, you could also take a look at the color of the sky.
red sky sunset
If you see a red sky during sunset (sunset is to the west), it usually means that there is a high pressure system with dry air that is stirring dust particles in the air causing the sky to look red. This dry air is heading towards you. Dry air means no storms are expected.

A red sky in the morning (that’s to the east) means that the dry air has already moved past you and what follows behind may be a low pressure system that brings moisture.

“Red sky at night
Sailor’s delight
Red sky in the morning
Sailors take warning”

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