Yesterday was a very bad weather day for many parts of the eastern US. Jen was worried, because the birds weren’t out and about and the feral cats didn’t show up at the usual time looking for a meal. But when the feral kitties showed up late in the afternoon, I told Jen that everything was gonna be OK. Was I right?
Can animals really predict the weather?
There is some evidence that animals CAN predict the weather, but it’s not some kinda sixth sense we have. Instead, there’s logical reasons why.
First of all, most animals have a greater range of hearing than humans. A cat can hear lower frequencies than a human, and a cow can hear even lower frequencies than a cat! Some animals can hear some sounds associated with severe weather before a human, like distant thunder, earthquake shockwaves, or ocean waves.
So when the ferals came ’round looking for a meal, I was right to say all was well!
But what about the birds? What’s their story? Can they hear thunder far away too? Birds are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure (air pressure) and hydrostatic pressure (water pressure). If there’s a big change in the air pressure because of a hurricane or severe storms, birds are going to hunker down to wait it out, or get the heck outta Dodge! Bees also sense changes in barometric pressure.
So if the birds aren’t out and about as usual, that might be a clue to be concerned.
And there ya have it folks! I wouldn’t suggest using us instead of your professional weather forecaster, but I do suggest you become more aware of the patterns of behavior in nature, so you can investigate further when changes occur.