Weather Lore and
Weather Lore And Fact Sheets - Weather Lore
|Want to impress your friends and business associates with
some weird and wacky weather trivia, try a few of these ones out.
- Take a cup of warm water outdoors and fling the contents into the air. If
it freezes in midair and hits the ground with the sound like glass breaking, the
temperature is somewhere between -60?and -70?F or 51?and 57?C.
- During calm, clear weather, the dew point (the temperature at which dew appears) during
the early evening at about 6:00pm or so is an excellent predictor of what
the overnight low is going to be. In other words, if the evening dew point is 0?C or below, gardeners should be prepared for a frost. This rule
does not apply to very dry areas in the West, but it works well in most of the eastern and
- If youre wondering whether an approaching thunderstorm is going to break overhead
or blow over, pay attention to the air temperature and the wind. If you feel a chilly
downdraft, abandon any idea that the storm will pass by. Its almost certain to be
raining hard where you are within the next few minutes.
- If a jet flying overhead does not leave a visible contrail, you can be pretty sure it
wont rain the next day.
- Packed snow begins to squeak underfoot at about -15?C. At
about -18?C, it squeaks with a distinct hollow sound.
- Walking a kilometer through six inches of snow takes as much effort as walking 2
kilometers on bare ground.
- If its snowing hard enough that you cant use your high beams while driving
because the flakes in the air reflect the light back into your eyes, you can figure the
snow is accumulating at a rate of about an 2.5 cm per hour.
- Watch for bugs when youre flying in a private plane. The higher you encounter
flying insects, the smaller the chance of rain. During dry conditions, you might see them
up as high as 3000 feet. If you dont see any insects above 2000 feet, youre
probably looking at an increasing chance of rain.