It seems these days we've become further removed from even the most basic skills. When it comes to survival, it is paramount to be able to tell what
the weather is going to do so you don't get caught unprepared. You should take advantage of every clue you are given. The sooner you realize that
bad weather is on it's way, the sooner you can start preparing for it and the better off you will be. Ignore the signs, fail to act accordingly, and
you can quickly find yourself in a very bad situation.
We'll start with the recognizing weather patterns by the clouds. Not many people bother to look up and pay attention anymore. They are great
indicators of what's to come.
These clouds form around mid-day as low lying clouds resembling cotton. Usually a sign of good weather. During the summer months, they can grow and
rise in altitude as the afternoon progresses turning into storm cells.
These clouds are dark low clouds that are filled with rain. Clouds bearing the "nimbus" name just means that rain is already falling out of them.
Any type of cloud can have "nimbus" tacked on at the end of it's name if it's producing precipitation.
These clouds are high altitude clouds that look like wisps of smoke. Usually a sign of fair weather, but in northern regions can build and foretell
incoming blizzards if they are accompanied by increasingly stronger and steady winds coming from the north.
These clouds are low, gray clouds that generally stretch over the whole sky. They are your typical rainy/snowy day clouds. Seeing these generally
means that weather has set in and you need to be prepared for a long period of light to moderate precipitation.
These little round high altitude clouds are signs of good weather to come.
It's important to pay attention to all the signs given to you. Reading the winds play an important role too. Knowing how weather typically moves in
on your area is something worth studying. The most severe storms here are often preceded by southerly winds bringing moisture up the mountain chain
where it meets and fuels systems from the west. It usually won't snow here when winds come out of the north and the temperature drops suddenly. The
same with snow. I can usually call it a day in advance whether it's going to come or not. If the temperature plummets and winds come from the
north, the mountains are going to catch all the snow. If it's coming from the south and the temperature rises but hovers around freezing, we're in
for some weather.
You should pay attention the same way and learn your weather patterns. Of course that's increasingly difficult in today's indoor society. Prepare.
Introduce yourself to nature before it becomes important. It's just as good for the soul as it is the body.
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