Have you glanced up at the sky just to see the moon? We all have. Looking at the moon on a clear night takes us back to our childhoods, where we saw a face on the moon looking back at us. The moon, distant, but sometimes close enough to feel like you can touch it, is always a great sight in the night sky. Looking up at the moon isn’t just for fun though. Did you know you can actually predict the weather, up to 66% correctly, just by observing the moon?
The moon, which illuminates so much, also causes nighttime rainbows. Nighttime rainbows, or as Texas A&M University describes them, “light bending or refracting as it passes through ice crystals from high-level cirrus clouds” show moisture in the air! If you see a ring around the moon, it is this phenomenon, giving you the heads up that it might rain or snow soon!
While not 100% accurate, looking at the moon for increased levels of moisture will help you know when it will rain soon. Being 66% accurate, I felt this was important enough to pass on to all of you.
I often look at the sky, looking for an understanding of the universe. I have yet to receive answers to life’s most important questions, but being able to predict the weather is pretty cool. Besides, do you often ask, I wonder if it will rain tomorrow?