WATCH: Predict the weather without a forecast

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of weather forecasts predicted on television or the radio. And because of this, you are unaware and probably caught in the middle of a storm.

These tips will help you predict the weather:

  1. Feel the air. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and smell the air. Smells become wet right before a storm, making them stronger. Before a storm, you should also notice a compost smell as plants release their waste. If you start to smell a compost scent, it likely means that a storm is coming.
  2. Detect direction in the wind. You can use blades of grass to test this. Throw it in the air and observe which way it blows.
  3. Check for humidity. High humidity often precedes a storm, so watch for signs of high humidity, such as frizzy hair, curling leaves and swollen wood. These signs can tell you that a storm is on the way.
  4. Observe the clouds. You can tell a lot by the shape, movement and visibility of clouds.

WATCH: The three common clouds you need to learn

 

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Lauren Beukes
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