How Did Meteorologists Predict the Weather Before Technology?

Can you even imagine a world without computers, iPhones, or even calculators? Well, not long ago we didn’t have any of it!

So before we had so many gadgets to predict the weather, meteorologists had to depend on what they saw and folklore.

For example, did you know you can tell the temperature of the air just by listening to crickets? Want to try it sometime?! Just count the number of chips the cricket makes in 14 seconds. Then add 40 to that. That’s the air temperatures within one degree!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning?” We say this because a red sky at night can mean a high pressure system (or good weather) is on the way. A red sky in the morning can mean a storm is on the way or moving to the east.

Meteorologists would also keep frequent observations, kind of like weather diaries. Some of us still do this today, it’s a good way to find and remember patterns in the weather where you live.

Thanks for the question Elijah!

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