Living in the Heartland, we all know how wacky the weather can be from day to day. We have advanced meteorological systems for detecting and predicting weather today, which was not always the case. Many old wives tales, and even some new ones, are still being put to use. While some are accurate indicators of weather patterns, there is an equal number of ones that just donâ??t make sense.
Starting our weather myth countdown at number five, we start with this. Ring around the moon, rain real soon? While the saying rhymes, does it really mean we will see rough times?
The halo that appears around the moon is actually a thin layer of cirrus clouds made of ice crystals reflecting off the moonâ??s light. These thin cirrus clouds are the first to move in with an approaching storm system. Precipitation does not always follow, but there is a higher chance of it after a halo is seen. The brighter the circle is, the greater the possibility of rain. This makes our first myth fact.
Our second myth takes us into thunderstorms. Does low pressure with a tornado cause buildings to explode? Will opening the windows equalize the pressure, thus saving the building?
This is a common practice that many people still believe is true. Opening the windows in an attempt to equalize pressure will have no effect. It is the violent winds and debris that cause most structural damage. It is more important for you to move to a safe area away from windows and exterior walls. With a tornado, seconds matter. Donâ??t waste your time opening windows because this myth is busted.
Number three takes us to your vehicle. This is a myth that has been seen in far too many movies. When a tornado is chasing you down, stopping under an overpass will protect you.
Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Overpasses can concentrate the tornado winds, causing them to be significantly stronger. This places the people under them in an even more dangerous situation. In recent years, several people seeking shelter under overpasses have been killed or severely injured.
Being above ground level during a tornado is always dangerous, making this myth busted.
Reaching number two on the countdown, we have all heard the saying â??Red sky at night, sailors delight.â?? Commonly used by boating enthusiasts and fishermen, this saying has been around since the start of time and was even referenced by Shakespeare. Does this saying really stand true?
A red sky in the morning â??impliesâ?? the rising sun in the east is shining on clouds to the west, indicating a potential storm system. Whereas a red sky at night suggests the setting sun is shining on clouds to the east and conditions to the west are clear because the sun can be seen setting. This myth is indeed fact.
Number one on your Weather Myth countdown, you hear it every time the weather changes. â??My body aches, the weather must be changing.â??
Some people swear they can predict rain based on their aches and pains. This could be due to a fall in barometric pressure, which could cause blood vessels to dilate slightly. This in turn could affect everything from bones and joints to muscles and sinuses.
Some doctors are skeptical, and there really isnâ??t any hard evidence either way. So next time someone blames their knee pain on the weather they could be telling the truth. Or they could be giving a big old excuse. That makes this myth plausible.
That brings us to the end of the Weather Myth Countdown. Next time you are outside, you will know what is scientific and what is fiction. This knowledge might just keep you safe.