Each Monday, our team will be breaking down commonly held weather myths and uncovering the truth behind them.
Despite this myth being given out as advice in the 80s, experts now know that taping your windows does nothing to strengthen the glass. Instead, protect your windows and home by installing metal or wood coverings before a storm. These will help keep the wind out, which is one of the best ways to keep your home safe.
Cirrus clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. When light is refracted and reflected through these ice crystals, a ring or halo around the sun or moon can appear. Cirrus clouds precede low-pressure systems, and because these systems often bring precipitation, halos may be an indication that rain is indeed coming.
This old saying has some truth to it! When light passes through high pressure (aka “good weather”), contaminates trapped by the pressure will scatter the red wavelength of light, giving a red appearance to the sky. Because weather systems move from west to east, a red sky at sunset represents good weather coming in from the west. Conversely, a red sky at sunrise indicates high pressure has moved to the east, meaning there is currently low pressure and thus, a higher chance of bad weather.
Does the direction in which a cyclone spins depend on where in the world you're based? Yes, due to the Coriolis force, which acts upon objects in motion. Just like toilet water spinning in opposite directions, tropical cyclones are pushed counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere and clockwise in the northern hemisphere.
True or false? A little insight into lightning – which can and does strike the same place twice. In fact, New York City’s Empire State Building is struck regularly during the course of the year and has been struck as many 12 times during a single storm.