Tuesday, 31 July 2007

How To Predict The Weather Without A Forecast

Long before technology was developed to predict the weather, people had to rely on observation, patterns and folklore to avoid being caught off guard by the elements. In 650 BC, the Babylonians predicted the weather from cloud patterns. In about 340 BC, Aristotle described weather patterns in Meteorologica. Chinese weather prediction lore extends at least as far back as 300 BC.

Ancient weather forecasting methods usually relied on observed patterns of events. For example, it might be observed that if the sunset was particularly red, the following day often brought fair weather.

If your plans, livelihood or even your survival depend on the weather, it certainly wouldn't hurt to become familiar with some of these methods, especially since you never know when you might be out of touch with the local weather report. These methods aren't foolproof, but they have their usefulness, and if you don't have a forecast on hand, what do you have to lose by trying them?

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

old idiom:

Red sky at night - Sailor's Delight,
Red sky at morning - Sailor take warning!

Arevanye said...

Great link! My grandpa always repeated the rhyme:
"mackerel sky, mackerel sky
never long wet, never long dry"