Extreme weather seems to crop up out of nowhere sometimes. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes can do great damage, especially if you aren’t prepared for them. Thankfully, there are ways to tell that a severe weather event is about to hit. Keep an eye out for these red flags:
- Formation of Cumulus Clouds: Whenever you see a cumulus cloud rise rapidly, this is a sign a thunderstorm is coming. A cumulus cloud is characterized by bumpy protrusions and its height.
- Cirrus Clouds: If you see wispy clouds high in the sky, those are cirrus clouds. These usually form before 12 to 48 hours before bad weather.
- Moving Clouds: Watch out for two layers of clouds moving in different directions. This means inclement weather is on the way.
- Darkening Sky: It’s even worse if the clouds become so big they block most of the sunlight. If you see the sky suddenly start to dim, you should probably take shelter.
- Wind: If you notice a sudden gust of wind, it’s probably an indication of a thunderstorm. An increase in wind speed is also a sign of a hurricane.
- Heavier Rain: Sometimes mild droplets turn into intense rainfall. If you witness a sudden downpour and flooding, a hurricane may be on the way.
- Dropping Barometric Pressure: A lower barometer means bad weather. The most reliable way to detect a decrease in barometric pressure is by checking weather software. Earth Networks has an impressive weather display that includes barometric information.
- Low Cloud Base: If you see thick, dark clouds that are low, you should prepare for rain or snow to be on its way.
- Halo Rings: Sometimes high clouds create a ring of light around the moon or sun. This is an indication of incoming moisture.
- Warm Nights: If clouds block so much sunlight that they’re insulating the area and keeping it warm at night, there’s probably an incoming storm.
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