Before the Weather Channel and well before on-demand weather reports at our finger tips through smart phones and other portable gadgets, people determined the weather for the day and what the weather was going to be by (believe it or not) looking up at the sky. In a not-so-distant past, what the forecast for the day, week, month and season was essential to many people’s livelihood’s whether you were a farmer in China or a rail car operator in Providence, Rhode Island. People made do without technology and in this post, we’ll take a quick look into how you can figure out the weather without looking down at your phone.
Just What ARE Some Ways to Figure Out the Weather Without Technology?
Nature is a very interesting thing. It can tell you everything you ever wanted to know – but you need to know where and when to look for your answers. Different cloud formations can tell you if there is rain coming soon. Morning dew on grass can reveal if the day will be clear and sunny or rain at some point in the day. The Farmer’s Almanac is an authority for using a combination of all these factors plus lunar phases and many other “secret” methods for determining weather patterns for the year and when the best times for crops are with remarkable accuracy. Even Native Americans had their own methods and they were of such interest to a pair of United States Senators that they felt the need to investigate for themselves. Of course, there are many more methods.
Technology vs. Tradition
To know the weather without aid of technology now might seem difficult and even unnecessary. Naturally, technology has gotten the upper hand on cultural pastimes and traditional methods.
So why bother looking up when you could look down at your phone and see what things are going to be like not just in an hour, but days in advance? But there might be that time – that one time – where your phone was left at home or you forgot to check the weather online before going out. How would you know if your sunny day is going to continue to be a sunny day?
Check out this cool infographic on forecasting weather without the need for technology.