Test Your Meteorological IQ
Which of these old wives’ tales are accurate and which are bunk?
1. Tornadoes never occur in the mountains. T/F
2. The sky’s color at sunset predicts the weather. T/F
3. Geese won’t fly before a storm. T/F
4. You can predict a fair day with a cup of coffee. T/F
5. Songbirds sing louder just before a storm. T/F
6. Springs flow faster when a storm approaches. T/F
7. Counting cricket chirps tells you the temperature. T/F
8. Smoke rising straight signals a fair day tomorrow. T/F
9. Sound travels farther when a storm approaches. T/F
10. If the wind dies suddenly, it’s about to pour. T/F
If your altimeter shows a rise in elevation even though you haven’t moved, it means the barometric pressure has fallen and a low-pressure storm system has arrived. A fall in elevation signals rising barometric pressure and an incoming high-pressure (good weather) system.