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SNIPPETZ FORECASTS THE WEATHER... OR NOT

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    SNIPPETZ FORECASTSTHE WEATHER... OR NOT

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    ISSUE 381 FEBRUARY 16, 2009

    Whether the weather be fi neOr whether the weather be not,Whether the weather be cold

    Or whether the weather be hot,Well weather the weather

    Whatever the weather,Whether we like it or not.

    -Author unknown

    On Feb. 2, 2009, the infamous ground-hog, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which we all know trans-lates into the dire prediction that there are six more weeks of winter. Okay, thats an easy one when was the last time spring started at the beginning of February? Some might say that the groundhogs predictions are about as good as the weather forecast-ers we see on television sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Some might say all one has to do is go outside and see what is happening and get a better prediction than the weatherman. Oh, but its not so. Predict-ing the weather is a complicated science, but far from perfect.

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    EARLY PREDICTIONSFolks have been trying to predict the weather since the beginning of time. Records go as far back as 650 B.C. when the Babylonians used as-tronomy and cloud patterns to make predictions. In 340 B.C., Aristotle wrote Meterologica where he discussed his theories on earth science to include earthquakes, weather and the evapora-tion of water. Many would watch the behavior of animals and plants to get clues about the upcom-ing weather. For example, if cows lay down or ants went uphill, it meant rain was coming.

    WEATHER LOREBefore modern day technological advances, peo-ple used all kinds of observations and folklore to predict the weather. The western sky was always a clue since trade winds carry weather systems from west to east. Much lore has some truth to it, but most of it is dependent on where you are in the world as to whether it might apply.

    Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning. A red sky at sunset can signal fair weather. With high pressure, air sinks and holds onto contami-nants in the air making the sky appear redder at sunset. High pressure usually means pleasant weather. And the opposite, a red sky in the east in the morning can mean that the high pressure has already passed and that low pressure with its accompanying clouds and storms can be close on the way.

    Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warn-ing.Because weather generally moves from the west to east, a rainbow in the west means that rain is on its way.

    Clear moon, frost soon.Weve heard this one before. When cloud cover moves away, the earths heat radiates away and the earth cools more quickly, which can cause a frost if there is enough moisture available.

    When the stars begin to huddle, the earth will soon become a puddle.When cloud cover increases at night, the visible stars may appear closer or huddled together.

    Stars dont have anything to do with the possible increase in rain, but the clouds certainly do.

    METEOROLOGY 101Its all about the sun and the air surrounding the earth. The sun heats the air and either causes wa-ter evaporation or rising air. As the air rises, the temperature drops, moisture cools and causes small droplets that form clouds. When there are too many droplets of water and the clouds be-come too heavy, the moisture falls in the form of rain. Factor in mountains, oceans and other geo-graphical differences, and therein lies the chal-lenge in prediction.

    Many instruments are involved in weather pre-diction including barometers that measure air pressure, thermometers that measure tempera-ture, anemometers that measure wind speed, hygrometers that measure humidity, barometers that measure air pressure, weather vanes for wind direction, as well as radar and satellites.

    Once data from these various instruments located all over the country gets to the weather service in Maryland, they are then input into computers which then make weather maps. The maps will show isobars, which are lines separating high and low pressure areas, weather fronts, air mass-es, cloud cover and areas of precipitation. From these, forecasts can be made.

    A CAREER IN METEOROLOGYWhere else can you get a job where you can get paid for being right 50 percent of the time? A career in meteorology begins with high school coursework physics, chemistry, earth science, mathematics (lots of it), computer science, writ-ing and any and all foreign languages. In col-

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