Today's infograph is about how you can forecast the weather just with the 2 eyes and ears in your head! This is sort of a follow on from yesterdays post about self-sustaining agriculture, because in order to plant crops successfully one must be able to determine the best time to plant and when the weather will permit it!
Weather forecasting (Wiki) in a nutshell is the application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a given location. In the past humans used to rely on instruments that measured barometric pressure, however these days we have advanced computer simulations that take into account many factors in the atmosphere. Because of the incredible calculations and the chaotic nature of the Earth's atmosphere, these forecasts do carry with them a high level of error and should only be trusted within a day or 2 of the forecast.
So if you are in the wilderness and you are planning a hike for the day, or even a relaxing fishing trip there are a few things you should take into account before setting off:
- Look at the clouds
- Smell the air
- Feel the winds strength and direction
- Listen to the animals