The Workings of Weather

Don’t you think it’s funny that we can get monkeys into space but not accurately predict the weather for like 1 month? Since it’s starting to rain more in December, I kept thinking why sometimes the weather forecast isn’t 100% up to par. Turns out, observing the weather is WAY more complicated than you think. Surfing on YouTube, I found an interesting video by Vsauce that explains this.

One solution to this problem is learning how to identify some clouds.  Researching, I found out that there are 10 types of clouds. There are 3 groups of height: cirrus, alto, and stratus and there are also clouds that grow from low to high. The types are cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, altostratus, altocumulus, stratus, stratocumulus, nimbostratus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus. Since I don’t want to bore you to death, here’s the link. Another way to predict the weather is to use animals. One advantage they have over us is hearing. Other animals can hear from a larger scale of frequencies. Also, animals can sense barometric and hydrostatic pressure from unusual weather events such as a hurricane.

Now how do you prepare for weather once you know about it? Well if you payed attention to the countless drills in school, then you should at least be prepared for earthquakes and fires. According to eHow again, you should have a solar powered weather radio with extra batteries, an emergency generator, bottled water, prepackaged dry food, canned goods, and lastly keep things in your car.

I wish water wouldn't go into my socks :(

I wish water wouldn’t go into my socks 😦

Sometimes though, I think that nature can’t be fought. For instance, if there’s a hurricane coming in, then there’s not much to do other than stockpile food,water, and other materials and fortify everything. You can’t fight natural disasters in general, I mean what are you going to do pour tons of water into a volcano? I think the best thing we can do is to adapt to the various environments around us. It doesn’t matter where you go, if it’s California you’re going to get earthquakes if it’s Florida you’re going to get hurricanes.

Looks like the end of the world in the Midwest

Looks like the end of the world in the Midwest

There are things us humans can do to prevent some extreme cases of weather. For instance, if we cut down our carbon dioxide emissions through solar power or wind power, then maybe the ice caps would melt slower and our coasts won’t be flooded in the future. Also, if we can stop cutting our forests so quickly then forests wouldn’t turn into deserts. Lastly, we should cut down factory smoke so acid rain would be less common. We should always protect the weather because we never know when it’s too late to fix everything.

~Martin (Loquacious Magpie)

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