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With yet another Bank Holiday wash out, we consider the best way of forecasting the weather, is it nature or technology?
Even the Met Office who have a £30m super computer that can make 100 trillion calculations per second gave up long term weather forecasting in 2010.
So people still tend to rely on old sayings such as:
'red sky at night shepherd's delight,
red sky in the morning shepherd's warning'
The problem is that most amateur forecasters who use natural signs as weather predictors, rather than technology, are characterised as eccentrics.
The best known amateur practitioner was Bill Foggitt 'The Oracle of Thirsk' who in his prime was known to advise shops on future demand for various products such as sun cream, made copious TV appearances and beat TV weatherman Michael Fish in a forecasting competition.
Amongst other natural occurrences he noted the arrival of swallows, the behaviour of moles to predict the summer and timed when squirrels started to hoard nuts (if it's early, 'winter will strike like a sword'.)
Technology has however provided some accurate weather recording devices that, although not predicting the weather, will give you an indication of climatic conditions.
Perhaps more stylish, the fully waterproof Dual Faced Clock and Thermometer comes in a bronze effect case. Featuring an attractive clock with reliable quartz movement on one side and an accurate thermometer on the other, the case rotates within an elegant bracket.
The Weathereye Electronic Weather Station is ideal for the enthusiast gardener as it can record a wealth of weather information, all of which can be remotely monitored. Temperature, Humidity, Atmospheric Pressure, Rainfall, and Wind Speed and Direction can be transmitted wirelessly to the display console indoors.
The supplied software allows you to download and track weather information in real time providing a better understanding of the changing environment. A full series of weather data, with time-stamp, is recorded automatically and data analysis and graph plotting can be carried out on the PC. The data can also be exported for use with other software applications.
User defined warning alarms can even be set that can alert you to, for example, low outdoor temperatures which could harm delicate plants, or high winds that can cause structural damage.
Gardening and the weather have an intimate relationship, so whatever method you choose, nature or technology, accurate prediction is always useful but will never prevent your day's holiday being rained off.
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