Friday, January 14, 2011

Weather / Storm Predictions

We researched weather/storm predictors that happen  or are talked about in our families.
Here are some of the sayings/ predictors that we think can be tested to be proven right or wrong:

  • Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red skies at morning, sailors heed/take warning.
    • To test this theory: keep track of the sunset colors and the colour of the sky in the morning.
  • Calm before the storm.
    • To test this theory: When there is a forecast of a storm, watch the sky/environment to see if it's calm. Then see if there's going to be a storm.
  • If the wasps' nests are high in trees, there is going to be a lot of snow.
    • To test this theory: In the summer, watch to see if their nests are hig in the trees or not. Then you'd have to wait to see how much snow came that winter.
  • When a storm is going to come, you can hear the sea or the lake.
    • To test this theory: Listen outside on a winter's day.
  • When the cows lie in the pasture, rain is coming
    • To tests this theory: Pick more than 1 farm/pasture to watch. (because cows lying in a field could just be a coincidence) If the cows are lying down, see if it's going to rain.
  • Birthmarks/Scars get really red or change color when a storm is coming.
    • To test this theory: First, find someone with a birthmark/scar. Then, make sure you're watching the birthmark/scar to note any changes in colour. Do the colour changes align with the weather changes?
  • The TV goes fuzzy when a storm is coming.
    • To test this theory: Note when your TV is turning fuzzy when you're watching it.
  • Hamsters will start to shake when a storm is coming.
    • To test this theory: Watch your hamster; make notes.
  • Seagulls on the land is a sign of a storm.
    • To test this theory:  Make note of land near water. Are the seagulls on the ground?
  • If the frost on the trees is sparkling, it is going to rain.
    • To test this theory: Note when there is frost. See if it sparkles. Wait.
  • Little snow (flakes), Big snow (lots of it).
    • To test this theory:  Look at the snowflakes. Make note of their size. Then note how much snow actually fell and for how long. Alternative: If you see small snowflakes. In 2 hours go check how much snow has fallen. On another day, if you see big snow flakes, check in 2 hours again to see how much snow has fallen. Then compare which has more.

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