How to Tell When a Storm Is Coming

Thankfully, today’s weather technology gives us days to prepare for incoming hurricanes. That’s not the case with pop-up storms, though. Some days, the sky can go from a clear blue to dark and stormy in a matter of minutes.

If you’re interested in learning how to predict storms without turning on the Weather Channel, keep reading. This post will cover how to know if a storm is coming.


Clouds are an indicator that a storm is brewing, but not all dark clouds mean trouble. The clouds before a severe storm are often low-lying cumulonimbus clouds that rapidly develop vertically. The darker the cloud, the worse the storm will be. These clouds may even look green, which means damage-inflicting winds may be on the way.


Severe storms come with sudden temperature drops due to warm, moist air colliding with dry, cold air above. Wind shear—the difference in wind speeds 20,000 feet above the ground—slams the two conditions together, dropping the temperature in minutes. Get inside right away if you notice this temperature drop, because it means trouble is coming.


Sudden wind changes indicate that a storm is coming or that the storm is about to get a whole lot worse. “The calm before the storm” isn’t just a saying—that calmness may indicate a heavy storm is barreling down. The wind may also pick up suddenly right before heavy rainfall.


One of the obvious signs of a storm coming is heavy rainfall. If the rain comes immediately after the wind shift mentioned above, the storm could be a bad one. When a hurricane is approaching, we typically start seeing heavy precipitation 18 hours before landfall.


A barometer is a handy device to keep at home, in your car or on your boat. It measures the outdoor pressure and can tell us if a storm is coming. A rapid drop in the barometric reading means a storm is on its way.


As you start noticing the signs of a storm coming mentioned above, we recommend turning off your TV or radio and paying attention to the sounds outside. On top of thunder, an incoming tornado sounds like a freight train heading your way. Take shelter as soon as you hear that train noise.


The moisture preceding a storm clings to the air particles we breathe in, causing them to have a stronger scent. Plants will also start eliminating their waste before a storm, emitting a smell of compost in the air. Other signals of moisture include swollen tree bark, curling leaves and frizzy hair.

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