MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: How was weather predicted before weather instruments?

Date: Tue Apr 4 17:23:16 2006
Posted By: Nezette Rydell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1144052249.Es

Prior to the age of scientific inquiry and instrumentation, knowledge of
weather was based on experience at a particular location...and passed down
from generation to generation.  This knowledge was based on the climatology
of the seasons and supplemented with personal experience.  Forecasts as we
know them today didn't exist.  Short term forecasts were based on the
deviation from normally expected conditions, say wind shifts, cloud
changes, or temperature drops and rises, at a given location.  

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