How did sailors, farmers, and others whose lives and livelihoods depended on the weather, and who lived in an era before satellites, radar
, and weather balloons, make sense of a force as huge and complex as the weather?
Largely by paying attention to patterns.
Though a constantly changing, shapeless swirl of water
vapor, temperature, and barometric pressure, "the weather" becomes visible, or observable at least, in the guises of wind, rain (as well as snow, sleet, hail, and fog), and cloud formations. By noticing and remembering conditions prior to rough weather, these old-timers were able to impose some order on their experience of the world and even prepare for impending confrontations with Mother Nature, whether they were three days from land in the North Atlantic or trying to get the hay in before a summer thunderstorm in the heartland.
Red sky in morning - sailors take warning.
red sky at night - sailors delight.
What does the rhyme mean, and is it true?
As a matter of fact, the saying often holds true in the North America. Because the weather patterns in N. A. generally move from west to east, clouds arriving overhead at sunrise will make the sky will appear red, signaling a storm "moving in". When the storm eventually passes, the sky will clear in the western sky. If sunset occurs simultaneously, the light will cast a red glow on the clouds above, now moving towards the east.
William Bonner, an authority on forecasting with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
in Boulder, Colo, once said, ”If the visibility is 15miles and there is not a cloud in the sky, you can bet it's not going to rain in the next 30 minutes.”
Meeorologist Jeff Haby claims that our actions
actually determine the weather: ”I see that when people dress more warmly the weather will turn more cold, and when people dress less the weather will turn warmer. The weather is watching you!”
Get a rock from somewhere, and place it on your dock
, boat, or anywhere you like. That’s all you have to do, and your ready for forecasting! Hang it from a chain, and get the supplemental predictions.
[If you dont want to use a rock, you can use a horse, works just as well ]
~ If it's dry ---- Weather's Clear
~ If it's wet --- It's Raining
~ If its white -- It's Snowing
~ If it's gone -- Hurricane
Supplemental (chain-hung rocks)
~ If it's swaying --- Wind is blowing.
~ A shadow under the rock --- Sun is shining.
~ If it's jumping up and down --- Earthquake !
So, you thinks it’s rainy where you are?
World's Record Precipitation Events
Duration - Depth (Intensity) - Location - Date
1 min - 1.50" (90"/hr) - Barot, Guadeloupe
- Nov 26, 1970
8 min - 4.96" (37.20"/hr) - Füssen, Bavaria
- May 25, 1920
15 min - 7.80" (31.20/hr) - Plumb Point, Jamaica
- May 12, 1916
20 min - 8.10" (24.30/hr) - Curtea-de-Arges, Romania - July 7, 1889
42 min - 12.00" (17.14/hr) - Holt, MO - June 22, 1947