How to Use Animal & Insect Behavior to Predict Weather!

Weather can change in a matter of minutes.  If you want to maximize your time outdoors, you need to learn to read the signs.

Sometimes, it is as simple as looking at the wild life around you!

These Horses are Reacting to the Gathering Storm (Used by Permission of Vantage Point Graphics)

Domesticated Animals

Horses and cattle respond to a storm by gathering together in their own groups.  They turn their backs to the storm and lower their heads.

Instinctively, they understand that they should leave the tops of hills — or any place that is elevated and open.

Wild Game:  Deer, Elk, Sheep

Like their domesticated brethren, wild game move off higher terrain and down into the more protected areas of valleys.

As they sense the passing of a storm, they return to grazing and foraging in the higher regions.

Sea Gulls

When a hurricane is heading to our shores, sea gulls move inland to local vacant parking lots.  They ride out the winds and rain on the ground, patiently waiting for the storm to pass.

Actually, they do this when any large storm heads our way!  It is amazing to see thousands and thousands of sea gulls standing silently on acres of empty parking lots.

Wild Geese

Biologists theorize that birds (including geese and sea gulls) stay on the ground because a gathering storm causes the air pressure to drop.  As this happens, birds find it more difficult to stay aloft on the thinning air currents.

Frogs

An increase in frog serenading indicates that a storm is on its way!  Why?  Generally, frogs must stay in water to keep their skin moist.

However, when a storm is approaching, the heavy humidity in the air protects the frog’s skin.  Thus, he can  sit on the shore and sing!

Flies and Mosquitoes

Want to know when you can avoid flies and mosquitoes?  The short answer is:  Go fishing 1 hour before the start of a storm!

When flies and mosquitoes sense the coming of a storm, they dash around madly, trying to eat enough to carry them through the storm.  Generally, they start this mad noshing about 12 hours before the storm’s start.

However, they spend the last hour before the onset of the storm finding good hiding places!

Crickets

Biologists measure some of the strangest things! Want to know the outdoor temperature where you are?  Count the number of cricket chirps for 14 seconds + add 40.  That is the temperature in Farenheit!  Try it;  it works!

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 1:00 am  Comments Off on How to Use Animal & Insect Behavior to Predict Weather!  
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