Oliver Breit, Managing Director Asia, has been emailing over some rather spectacular photos of the weather viewed from our Hong Kong studio. From low lying moody black clouds to a large inflatable rubber duck in the river on a foggy day, these images have kept me regularly entertained and got me thinking about how we are all trying to predict the weather these days.
View from our Hong Kong Studio. Featured and above image credit: PDD
It makes me wonder if forecasts have really become more accurate over the years. Are our high-tech instruments for prediction any more accurate than the old wives tales and methods used by our forefathers?
View from our Hong Kong Studio. Image credit: PDD
It is the earth’s troposphere, the lowest area of atmosphere that gives us everything we call weather from our warm summer days to our stormy cold winters.
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Weather has been monitored using a variety of methods for centuries. Farmers, native people and others long ago learnt how the natural world around them would give all kinds of clues as to what the weather would be like. Tiny variations in the air can often affect plants and animals resulting in a change in their appearance or behaviour, forming subtle signs for weather change. Subsequently this type of knowledge was often passed down from generation to generation. For example, my mother who grew up in a rural village in northern Bangladesh would predict a storm brewing if her nose and ears itched. This particular prediction, from what I can remember, proved right most of the time – although I have no evidence to support it 🙂
The first instruments
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