Crickets can tell you the temperature
A chorus of chirps at night isn’t just lovely atmosphere—it’s a musical thermometer, too. Studies have shown that crickets regulate the rhythm of their chirps based on the temperature outside. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, to convert Cricket to Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps you hear in 14 seconds, then add 40. (It’s shockingly accurate.)
Storm heading your way? Count between the lighting and thunder
Light travels much faster than sound (186,291 miles per second versus 1,088 feet per second) and the difference between the two can give you a fair measure of distance. As soon as you see a flash of lighting, start counting the seconds until you hear the roar of thunder. Divide the number of seconds by five, and you’ll know how many miles away from you lightning just struck. Try this trick a few times in a row, and you’ll know right away whether a storm is coming or going. Learn these 10 lightning facts that can help you during the next storm.