Interpretation Of Weather While Trekking-Trek Adda

Interpretation of weather while trekking is a very essential thing. In mountain the weather changes abruptly. This may result in anything from a slight to heavy rain or ice fall. It often happens that you started your trekking in a very good weather without a rain coat or any types of protecting gears of rain. But suddenly the weather changed and began raining. So it is always good to carry your rain coat or any plastic sheet to protect you on the way.It is not always possible to carry instruments to check what changes can there be in weather. So, interpretation of weather while trekking is a very essential. Experienced trekker can easily say by observing some symptoms if the weather is going to change. In this article, you will learn some tips on interpretation of weather while trekking.

Interpretation of weather while trekking by observing frogs

Frog just get lot louder if the weather going to be stormy. If you notice frogs are croaking, there is a huge possibility of rain and be prepare with your umbrella or try to find a shelter.

Interpretation of weather while trekking by observing the cattle

Cows can sense low pressure systems in weather. It has been observed that cows huddle together to seek comfort before a storm. They’ll also lie down or try to go down to lower elevations. Sheep are said to do this too. So if you notice any such type of activities, be prepare for a bad weather.

By counting the number of cricket chirps

Count the number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds, and add 40 to the total number and you’ll get a close estimate of the temperature on the ground in degrees Fahrenheit. This is based on Dolbear’s Law. So by counting this chirp, you can get an idea of sudden fall of temperature that can lead to a snow fall.

By the old proverb

  1. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning,” is an old proverb which is actually very reliable. A red sunset usually means that their is a cloud-free high pressure system. While a red sunrise means the high pressure system has already passed and the rain is coming.
  2. When a halo rings the moon or sun, rain is approaching on the run.” This proverb is also accurate. A halo form around the sun or moon when ice crystals high up refract the light. So if you see a halo around the Moon or Sun, be sure that the weather is going to change and most likely bring rain.

Interpretation of weather by observing birds

Bird have an organ which is called the paratympanic organ. This organ acts as a barometer. Birds can easily measure the air pressure by it. So, if you see that birds are soaring high in the sky, you may be sure that the skies will probably be fair. But if there is any depression which is a symptom of storm, birds come to lower elevation. So by looking the birds, you can predicts the weather.

Interpretation of weather by observing cloud

Most accurately you can predict the weather is by the formation or color of the clouds. There are 10 types of clouds.But it is difficult to remember all the types. Just remember that the higher the clouds, the better the weather will be.
Cumulonimbus or more commonly known as thunderclouds is a dense, towering vertical cloud. The base of the cloud is often flat, with a very dark wall-like feature hanging underneath, and may forms a few hundred feet above the Earth’s surface. It can produce hail, thunder and lightning.
Large, white, fluffy clouds are Cumulus Clouds.

A widely separated Cumulus Clouds indicate fair weather but if they are large and many-headed, they are capable of bringing heavy showers.

Interpretation of weather by observing Pine cone

When the weather is clear Pine cone remains open for the wind to carry them off. If the humidity increase, A pine cone will close up to protect its seeds from the rain. So by observing a pine cone you can predict the weather.

By observing smoke

This is a good process to predict weather. If you see the smoke rising steadily and straight you can predict that the weather will go fine. But smoke hanging near the ground or swirling tells something different. A drifting stream of smoke suggests low pressure and there is an every possibility of raining.


Amitava Nath

Halo readers. I am Amitava Nath. Welcome to my site "Trek Adda". I am a high altitude trekker and I like solo trekking. Trekking  requires some basic knowledge. In this site I shall try to guide you step by step of  some basic ideas about trekking and I hope it it help you a lot. I am also a Bird watcher and photographer. I write a blog on Indian Birds. You can Visit my "Birds of India" blog if you are interested about birding also.

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