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Time Keeping and Weather Predictions – These days, when we want to know what the weather is going to be like, most of us listen to the radio or turn on the TV – in most cases, we don’t even need to wait for the weather report on the news; we simply turn to a network that focuses only on providing weather predictions.

Of course, some of us have been left feeling jaded – those sunny days that we’ve been promised don’t end up looking quite as bright or on those days when we’re told to bring along an umbrella the clouds burn off and blue skies are all that we see. Despite the fact that weather predictions are made, it is important to consider that there are a number of factors that can affect the way that pressure systems interact and weather events occur. Unfortunately, even though weather predictions are far more based on science than they once were, predictions can go awry.


In the mid 1700s, Ben Franklin published weather predictions in Poor Richard’s Almanac (1732-1757), expressly for the purpose of helping farmers anticipate the way that their crops would be affected by the weather. Prior to Ben Franklin, weather was predicted, based solely upon adages such as, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” While the adage is generally correct, it was not the all-inclusive kind of weather predictions we get today.

Ben Franklin was actually the first person to actually put together that weather conditions traveled along predictable paths. Ben kept a weather observation diary, and when he started comparing letters received from friends and family at distant locations, along with their local weather observations, Ben was able to put together that most storms in North America traveled from west-to-east. He also put together that cold snaps also followed the same west-to-east patterns.

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Weather prediction today relies on many of the same lessons Franklin learned in the mid 1700s. One of the lessons learned is that successful weather prediction relies on successful weather observations. Today, modern weather observation relies heavily on accurate time keeping and communication, and measuring the progression and speed of the movement of storms.

While Ben Franklin started to track the direction of a storm from southwest to northeast by following a whirlwind on horseback, ultimately his observations about the ways in which weather can be predicted are paralleled in the ways in which other systems form and move, the most notable of these cases being the prediction of El Nino in the waters of the Pacific. By tracking these patterns in weather journals and noting observations about the wind, the air pressure and the humidity, it’s possible to more accurately make weather predictions.

However, in order to ensure that weather predictions that are made are fairly accurate, there are additional resources that must be called on. The most basic of these is a clock that can be used to track the amount of time that it takes for a storm or weather front to travel from one area to another. A more advanced tool for weather prediction involves radar – and analyzing the information obtained using radio waves. Rain, snow and even wind all affect the ways in which radio waves are reflected within the atmosphere, and even modern weather radar relies heavily upon accurate timekeeping.

By studying these weather systems and learning to read radar charts, meteorologists are able to predict the weather, forecast storms and identify the ways in which different areas will be affected. Even today, in order to provide accurate weather forecasts those who are studying weather need to be able to have a strong sense of place, a sense of the winds, humidity and atmospheric pressure and they need to have accurate clocks to keep track of the time it takes for a system to move from one area to another.

Fortunately, in order to have a sense of the weather and to be able to predict whether or not a storm is coming in the future, there are a variety of weather clocks available. Many atomic clocks are able to read the temperature from an outdoor sensor and to show it on the face of the clock, along with the time. Traditional weather clocks are also available for those who want to have a sense of not only what time it is, but also the inside temperature and level of humidity in the home.

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With weather clocks, what you will find is that even before you get out of bed in the morning, you’ll be able to determine the best way to dress for the day. More sophisticated weather clocks can be used to monitor the temperature as well as the humidity in areas that need to be regulated – for example, home wine cellars as well as floral greenhouses.

When you need to be able to predict the weather and don’t want to have to watch the meteorologist on the local news, or you want to be able to create a controlled indoor environment for one purpose for another, accurate weather clocks can help you to know what’s going on and what you can do to be prepared for the day.

This entry was posted on December 16, 2020.