Weather forecasters. About natural phenomena, animals and plants
Each of us periodically faces the problem of needing an accurate weather forecast. To do this, we look at the TV and the Internet, listen to the radio. But all sources give out different information.
Well, the devices and people tend to make mistakes, but the natural phenomena, our little brothers and plants – no, because they are natural weather forecasters. Observing them, it is possible to make a fairly reliable forecast.
Since ancient times our ancestors knew about weather changes by omens – certain behavior of plants and animals, the sun, stars, clouds, wind direction, etc. Knowing them you can predict atmospheric changes, even if the arrow of the barometer has not moved a millimeter. So reliable reference points were celestial luminaries and natural phenomena.
Here are some of them:
– after sunset, the sky in the west turned purple-red expected strong winds and rain.
– sun in the morning closed by clouds and stuffy (soaring) – to rain the same day.
– starry sky – for clear weather, rare stars – for rain;
– a wet wind – for prolonged inclement weather, but gusty and streaky – for calm weather;
– if rain drops make bubbles in the water, it will be a prolonged inclement weather,
– if the fog creeps along the ground or quickly disperses in the sunrays – it will be stable, good and even hot weather, and if it rises as a column – to rain.
– A muffled thunder is for quiet rain; and a rolling thunder is for a downpour;
– If the rainbow soon disappears after rain, it is for fair weather; if it stands for a long time, it is for bad weather.
Plants and animals prove to be faithful weather forecasters, especially for the nearest time forecast, and some of them can feel it 15-20 hours ahead.
For example, observations of the spider showed that it predicts the weather for 2-3 days. Before rain or storm the spider does not cast its nets to catch prey or destroys the web woven by it and hastily climbs into a crevice. If the spider again takes up his work or mends the flaws in his nets, it portends a change of the weather for the better. And if he is particularly diligent in his work, he almost certainly predicts prolonged clear weather.
Cats are probably the most sensitive to changes in the weather. In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the cat was considered a special divining animal capable of predicting the future. The cat’s behavior was closely watched and judged the coming events by certain signs:
– A cat sleeps soundly or with its belly upwards – to warmth and heat.
– While sleeping, she covered her paw with her muzzle – to a cold.
– Curled up in a ball – to frost, and the stronger the frost – the more curled up.
– Licks its tail, hides its head – to inclement weather and rain.
– Licking his paw, washing – to warmer weather.
– Scratching behind his ear – to rain and snow.
– Scrapes the wall with his paw – to wind.
– Sharpening his claws on a table leg – the weather will change.
– Cat sneezes – to rain.
– He runs to and fro, can’t find his way, to thunder and lightning.
– Angry and snapping – to deteriorating weather.
Some similarities can be found in the behavior of dogs. Rolled up and lie curled up – for the cold, stretched out, with legs spread – for warmth; roll in the snow – for thawing and a snowstorm. To a snowstorm if the dogs chase each other and play in the snow.
A few more signs to know about the approach of rain and storms:
– Mosquitoes and midges are biting harder;
– swallows catch insects low to the ground;
– cows raise their heads and suck the air greedily and milk yields go down;
– chickens look as high up as possible for a roost;
– fish jump out of the water and catch gnats on the fly or don’t bite on the rod;
– animals eat food greedily in the evening if the next day is rainy;
– sparrows bathe in dust and then spread their feathers;
– meadow and garden flowers as well as lilac and jasmine bushes smell stronger than usual and the leaves seem wilted;
The following signs are indicative of good weather:
– The swallows are flying at high altitude;
– The birds sing merrily and resoundingly;
– The rooster at the beginning of the day sings;
– the horse snorts;
– the leaves of plants seem fresh, and the flowers smell moderate.
Folk foresight has not been circumvented by household omens for changes in the weather and rain in particular.
At this time:
– The strings of musical instruments weaken;
– salt, tobacco, dried hay in the meadow;
– leather goods become damp;
– wooden lids, plugs, window frames, doors become tightly opened;
– dew falls out on the panes of double-framed windows; the windows seem to weep;
– in dishes with water, bubbles appear on the surface, as on the water surface.
Of course, we do not call for a spider, a chicken, or a cow as a household weatherman, but we suggest that we be closer to nature and learn to recognize its cues. So when getting ready for work in the morning, pay attention to the behavior of your cat or dog, and when running down the street, look at the birds and breathe in the scent of flowers.