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Backpacker Magazine – October 2010

The Manual: Forecast the Weather

Can crickets tell you the temperature and a cup of coffee forecast storms? Here's how to become a backcountry meteorologist.

by: Excerpted from Predicting the Weather: Forecasting, Planning, and Preparing by Lisa Densmore

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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

Click here to see how you did.

Altitude Check
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.
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Jordyn
Jan 30, 2011

I like your magazine, i enjoy using it.

mim
Nov 12, 2010

If you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes...we say that in Michigan, too. Being surrounded by the Great Lakes makes for unpredictable weather!

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