Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A Taste Of Sunshine...!
The weather is trying it's best to give us a couple of days of really nice sunshine!
I like the sun! When I was in my younger years, I spent as much of my time as possible out in it! Fishing, swimming, camping, all the fun stuff! Man, sometimes I do miss those days!
One of the things you catch onto really quick when you spend a lot of time out of doors, is paying attention to weather signs. Often you aren't even aware that you are doing it, you just do it!
I picked up a lot of pointers from my older relatives (mostly farmers) and then in places like the Old Farmers Almanac...who is always good for some common sense knowledge!
In fact, here is a collection of some "Weather Proverbs" that you may find interesting...
Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.
A rainbow in the morning indicates that a shower is west of us and we will probably get it.
The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.
If you spot wispy, thin clouds up where jet airplanes fly, expect a spell of pleasant weather.
Clear Moon, frost soon.
When the night sky is clear, Earth's surface cools rapidly—there is no cloud cover to keep the heat in. If the night is clear enough to see the Moon and the temperature drops enough, frost will form.
When clouds appear like towers, the Earth is refreshed by frequent showers.
When you spy large, cauliflower-like clouds that look like castles in the sky, there is probably lots of dynamic weather going on inside. Innocent clouds look like billowy cotton, not towers.
Ring around the moon? Rain real soon.
A ring around the moon usually indicates an advancing warm front, which means precipitation. Under those conditions, high, thin clouds get lower and thicker as they pass over the moon. Ice crystals are reflected by the moon's light, causing a halo to appear.
Rain foretold, long last. Short notice, soon will pass.
If you find yourself toting an umbrella around for days "just in case," rain will stick around for several hours when it finally comes. The gray overcast dominating the horizon means a large area is affected. Conversely, if you get caught in a surprise shower, it's likely to be short-lived.
Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.
A reddish sunset means that the air is dusty and dry. Since weather in North American latitudes usually moves from west to east, a red sky at sunset means drive weather—good for sailing—is moving east. Conversely, a reddish sunrise means that dry air from the west has already passed over us on their way easy, clearing the way for a storm to move in.
I'm sure that we've all heard some or all of these before, and there are probably a lot more that are not listed here. If you know any, why not put them in the comment section...that would be fun!
Now, let's get some coffee and sit on the patio. We can look at the signs and do some weather predictions!