28 “Old Timer” Ways To Predict The Weather

weatherforecastingstoneBefore we had the Fancy Doppler Radar and various other techonolgical advancements  in weather forecasting, we had the “Old Timers.”  These were people who could look at the sky, smell the wind, and feel when nasty weather was on its way.  If you try to plan your day based on the morning weather forecast, you (in my case at least) more often than not end up ill prepared.   In a SHTF Scenario, you will need to know how to tell when a storm is on the way so that you can hunker down and get safe, to avoid being left out in the cold.

Check out these 28 “Old Timer” methods for figuring out the weather.

Some of these may surprise you:

There are many methods for reading the sky, the animals, and our own bodies to help predict the weather and today you are going to learn all about them. Here’s some ways that you can predict the weather forecast.

Cloud Predictions:

  • Cumulonimbus clouds (traditional thunderstorm looking clouds) early in the day and developing throughout the day can mean greater chances of severe weather.
  • Mammatus cloud (the puffy, pocket looking clouds) can form with both severe and non-severe thunderstorms as well as other cloud types.
  • Cirrus clouds (the stringy fluffy ones), high in the sky like long streamers, mean bad weather within the next 36 hours
  • Altocumulus clouds, (look like fish scales), also “mean” bad weather within the next 36 hours. The sailor’s saying  is “Mares tails and mackerel scales, tall ships carry short sails.”  Rain is sure to follow the next day.

The Sky:

  • If you see a red sky during sunset (when you’re looking to the west), there is a high pressure system with dry air that is stirring dust particles in the air. Means dry air is moving towards you (no rain ahead but wind is sure to follow).


  • If you take a deep breath and smell earth and compost, moisture is coming soon.
  • If you flowers smell stronger than normal, rain is on it’s way.



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