How To Forecast The Weather From The Bubbles In Coffee
My good friend Ross Janssen (KWCH TV 12) may not agree with these tips, but I found a list of odd ways to forecast the weather. Try some of these and see if they work for you.
I tried the coffee deal this morning, and sure enough, my bubbles were all on the outside. No rain today.
- The Weather in Your Coffee
Pour a cup of coffee into a mug and watch the bubbles form. If they move rapidly to the cup's edge, expect good weather. But if the bubbles stay in the mug's center, clouds and rain could be on the way. The reason? High pressure pushes the bubbles to the edge, and high pressure is an indicator of good weather.
- Birds Flying Low in the Sky
When a storm is approaching it's believed that birds fly lower in the sky. This may actually be the case. When the barometric pressure drops, flying at great heights becomes difficult for birds. The pressure drop is also believed to hurt birds' ears, prompting them to fly at a lower altitude.
- Count a Cricket's Chirps
Counting the number of times a cricket chirps can be a surprisingly accurate means to determine the temperature, because a cricket's metabolism changes as the temperature changes. Count the number of times a cricket chirps in 14 seconds and add 40 to that number. The resulting number should come close to the temperature in Fahrenheit.
- Cows Lying on the Grass
Anyone who has lived near farmland has heard the notion that if cows are lying on the grass, rain is coming. While it's not a perfect predictor, there could be truth to the theory. Animals are known to be sensitive to changes in barometric pressure. Some experts theorize that cows sense those changes and lie down so they are positioned on a dry spot of grass before the storm begins.
- Horse (or Cow) Tails
There's an old saying regarding horses (though it's true for our bovine friends as well): "Tails pointing west, weather's at its best; tails pointing east, weather is least." Turns out, animals tend to graze with their rear ends pointed toward the wind. A westerly wind usually indicates good weather, while an easterly wind sometimes means bad weather is approaching.
- Jumping Fish
The saying, "Trout jump high when a rain is nigh," could have some truth to it. When air pressure drops, it could cause trapped gases on the bottom of a body of water to be released. This release causes microscopic organisms to disperse into water, which prompts small fish to start feeding. The small fish attract larger fish that prey on them. Eventually, all this feeding can cause such a stir that the fish start jumping.
- Campfire Smoke Signals
Light a campfire. If the fire's smoke swirls and then drops, rather than rises, it could indicate low pressure, which might mean a storm is on the way.