4 seasons of weather

The Weather Forecast – Biometeorology Event

We hear it or read it on a daily basis. A fundamental part of living for as long as you can remember. Many sexagenarians will even admit to the fact that they would not go to bed until the weather forecast was over. A sort of guide to how your day’s would be getting planned. Seemed that sports news would take a back seat to the one segment that meant it all.

Mowing the lawn, washing the car, going fishing, hunting and camping, putting on snow tires and much more. For many, the news ended once you knew what to wear the next day and the day after. Would the nights be clear enough to take out and set up a telescope, so you could be the hero to a child and teach them about the heavens above? Perhaps!

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The Effects On The Aging Body – The Climate Against You

bi·o·me·te·or·ol·o·gy (bīōˌmēdēəˈräləjē) noun The study of the relationship between living organisms and weather.

The Daily Weather ForecastThe weather changes and you feel it. A knee aches, wrist gets sore, neck feels tight and burns slightly, yet, the sky is bright blue and somehow you just know something is coming.

 

For many, including my own self, the achy feelings can start several days before and manifest into an undesirable event. Even if it is just nothing more than a downward trend in barometric pressure, resulting in a heavy overcast day, the effects can take its toll on a person’s health and their psyche as well.

There are days when you just don’t feel like doing much due to the pain. It hurts just too much to go do anything. Other days, a simple application of a warming gel might just do the trick. A good old standby would be an over the counter pain relief medicine, combined with a variety of wearable braces (knee, elbow, ankle), one could muster up just enough movement to get something done.

Non believers would try to tell you that it is all in your head and just like old wive’s tales, the idea of being able to subtly forecast what is coming is a total non-starter. To those of us that live our lives in the midst of weather effects, it is pain inflicted upon us that not only impacts how the joints and muscles feel, but also our moods.

For those in their later 60s the effects can be even more detrimental to partaking in daily activities. It hurts, and it hurts plenty. Changes can occur in a matter of just hours and can last for days depending on regional patterns headed your way. It is not something that a person can prepare for as each approaching system will have different characteristics. Stack them up one behind the other and you are in for a whopper of a time.

The Barometer – Predicting The Future Modern Barometer Predicting Forecast

Invented by a scientist named Evangelista Torricelli in 1644, at the suggestion of Galileo, a sustained vacuum tube was fabricated and his studies of the rise and fall of the mercury on a daily basis, was tied to the changes in atmospheric conditions, which led to his creation of the mercury barometer.

A brief history of reading pressures

In modern times, the barometer is been used in forecasting on a daily basis. Watch any weather segment in newscasts or other media sources and there is a high probability that the metrics from these instruments will be mentioned.

How sensitive are you? That will depend on your own individual reaction to changing conditions. In older adults, various factors come into play and the aging body will react differently than that of a 20 something. With arteries being a bit more rigid, and the lessened ability of the diameter variation, older adult bodies adapt much slower to the changing conditions.

Setting a barometer to one’s local area can give more precise readings, and give you some knowledge of what is coming. Being a person that reacts unfavorably to drastic changes in pressures (atmospheric, barometric), knowing or marking the boundaries of upper and lower extremes are a plus. The other side of that is not having to use a barometer to know, just by the amount of swelling, aching, and outright pain the body is experiencing.

Changing pressure effects on the human body include:

  • Pain at sites where bones were broken or joints with moderate to severe injury.
  • Swelling of soft tissues and expansion of fluids in joints.
  • Expanding or contracting muscles resulting in nerve and nerve endings being affected.
  • Pressure systems containing humidity can cause irritability, tiredness, aggression.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Low pressure linked to increased suicides.
  • Congestion, blocked sinuses, pressure headaches.

So what does this magical instrument tell us? Like a crystal ball, it knows ahead of time what you are about to receive in the form of weather, usually 12 to 24 hours in advance. To those of us that are on the upper side of sensitive, our bodies tell us what to expect by giving to 24 to 48 hours advanced warning. For myself, knowing the parameters (which are read as inches of barometric pressure, 92″/30″) where the reactions become unfavorable is tantamount to being able to getting some chores done before being too affected by the lessened peak performance.

So now you have two very different types of barometers. One created of science, the other born from within yourself. Which do you trust the most? Looks to be that the conventional type (scientific) can be more precise to alert as to exactly what types of events is headed your way, whereas the human body, can only tell you at best guess of the upcoming. What is your opinion on this?

Other Factors – Running Hot And Cold The Weather Forecast

Winter, spring, summer and autumn, seasons that’s all. Each one has qualities that are admired and disliked. All have a different effect on the human body and the reactions, are diverse.

The two seasons that pose the most dramatic effects are summer and winter. Completely opposite in nature, the weather forecast for either can bring some not so pleasant reactions.

Winter has many challenges that most of us already know about. Colds, flu’s, and stuffy noses come to mind first and then as one peels back the layers of the season, underlying ailments begin to appear. Here are a few for you to take a moment to ponder upon and see if and how they may affect your personal lives. Digging deeper will give you more insights on what may be going on in ways not thought of before.

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency: An improper functioning of the valves that control the blood flow in the veins of the legs which can lead to swelling and unwanted changes to the skin.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Right away, the bottom line is depression. Generally starting in the fall, and continuing through the winter, it is a disorder that can take away your energy, stamina, appetite and causing sleep problems. Short term fixes includes phototherapy, medications and psychotherapy. Some may think it is only the holiday blues that hits them.
  • Cold weather and Cardiovascular disease: Increasing blood pressure and heart rate equals higher risk for heart attacks and strokes. By limiting certain activities, the body has a better chance of making it through the season more efficiently. These may include limiting exposure to cold temperatures, less physical exertion, not getting overheated, reducing intake of alcohol.
  • Diabetes: More people are diagnosed with this ailment in winter than in any other time of the year. Spikes in blood sugar levels are known to peak during the cold season and having a good grasp on carbohydrate levels can make big differences. Staying active, fending off illnesses as best as possible, and avoiding dehydration can go a long way in keeping those levels in check. Click for additional information.

Spring is beautiful and can also be ugly at the same time. While the trees are beginning to show buddings, and flowers suddenly springing up, there is another side to this milder meteorological time. It happens more than most realize and the losses are beginning to add up.

Suicides peak during spring more than any other time of the year, and although many hours of research and analysis constantly being done, no clear answer has emerged. Rates increased as much as 24% between 1999 – 2014 and some researchers expect those numbers to grow from now till 2050.

Did this start in the fall? Is SAD a suspect for the annual influx of suicide? Some experts will tell you that it is possible, as less sunlight hours can bring on depression and depending on how deep, the increase of more light hours in another season may not be enough to lift up one’s spirits to fend off those blues. Are there other factors involved? Perhaps and some research is being done on how pollen, social interaction, and many differing angles on what depresses us can come into play.

Summer is a fun time of the year. A time to be outside and play, travel, relax. It too has many problems that can manifest and the effects on the young and the elderly can take their toll rather quickly.

Migraine headaches are more common as it may seem that someone has closed the pressure valve on the atmosphere and the buildup begins to take a toll. Sinuses are affected from allergies and can quickly change a fun day into a nightmare of pain. Dehydration from humid and warm temperatures, increased hours of sunlight, combined with less sleeping contribute the reasons why there is a pain in the head.

When looking at heat and its related co-conspiritors, those aging in years are greatly affected and deaths are not an uncommon result. Their bodies do not adjust well to dramatic changes in weather events and with having any chronic medical conditions, medications, and becoming dehydrated can become critical factors. The later into your sixties you become, the more care one needs to start taking to stave off detrimental biometeorology events.

Other conditions that can cause malaise during this season include over exerting one’s self, thunderstorms, which can trigger dust storms, mold, and pollen. For those afflicted with COPD, asthma, emphysema or any other respiratory ailments, low moisture in the air can make this time of the year just as difficult as the winter, when too much becomes a problem .

Autumn is probably the second most beautiful time of the year and it too, can bring on its own set of challenges. While the changing of colors amaze and dazzle us, those cooling temperatures that bring relief from a long, hot summer, begins its own cycles of symptoms that affect you.

Seasonal colds and flu strains (late fall) begin their march into the lives of many. More kids back in school and more households coming down with the aforementioned ailments. Arthritis sufferers begin to feel more pain in the stiffening joints and the aches in the bones start to nag. The onset of SAD, Raynaud’s Syndrome, and the continuance of allergies that hammer away at the sinuses from having to begin hanging out indoors more than outdoors.

As you can see, this entire cycle just repeats itself from season to season. Will it ever end? No! For those that are affected the most, it can become reasons to be more depressed, isolated from others, and reasons to doubt your role here on Terra Firma.

Look Into The Crystal Ball – Facts Versus Theories

Scientists, doctors, meteorologists, politicians and theorists all Using Crystals To Predict Weather Forecast aspire to put in their 2 cents worth when it comes to our climate. What is right and what is fiction? With so many opinions, seems that no one is listening to those that matter the most, you!

There are some statistics that can influence society and how they are affected by meteorological events around the globe, but are they truly the necessary facts that determine the weather?

Age of a person can come into play and the older one gets, changes in their biology can be subtle, or harsh, resulting in profound effects on their health. While the ordinary man or woman on the street are not experts, they know, its in their bones, where it hurts and aches. Intuition, as old as the age of man itself.

On the economic aspects, countries where populations live with rudimentary infrastructures, more negative impacts to changes in patterns of each season affect more people every day. The inability to shelter from destructive and debilitating events takes on not only financial impacts, but also the psychological aspects on the entire region(s) as well.

Then again, there are entire sectors of the populace that have spent their entire lives enduring negative conditions and have fared well. The elders will tell you their stories and how best to survive such a phenomena.

Do drugs and their effects have a say in this? Some think so, but not the way you may think. Reverse the way you look at it and ask, does the weather influence your body in such a negative way that drugs are needed just to get through it? Something as simple as an over-the-counter pain reliever, prescription medications, and to those that believe marijuana has the answer to relief, the common man or woman will be more than happy to provide you with various opinions.

So what is in store for mankind? Predictions are that there will be more major devastation brought on by changing climate conditions in the upcoming decades ahead. Millions of lives could be impacted unless the governments take actions to try to remedy the situations. They tell you that these actions must be adapted to and taken now to offset the potential disasters of the future. Is it fair for only one side of the equation to have control over the populations of the world?

Those that opt to see the current situation for what it is, will tell you that weather changes every day, and has done so since time began. Man has adapted to conditions throughout evolution and has accepted to the way of life at hand. Are they in denial and aligning themselves politically, or expressing a just and acceptable reality?

What is the truth, what are the misconceptions? Those answers lie somewhere between science and the individuals who are affected by uncontrollable factors. Is planet earth merely just going through seasonal cycles consisting of millions of years, or are conditions really changing? Is it up to man to try to change the behavior of what is natural and to whose benefit?

How do animals factor into the entire scenario?

Your opinion counts in this world and you are invited to speak up, rationally!

That’s my show

Poppa Joe

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20 Comments

Hi,

This was a super interesting read. I am a sufferer or SAD and I’m definitely affected by the weather. I could not predict the weather from the way I feel but I am amazed at the idea that some people can – I thought it was a myth! I found it really intriguing as to all the different ways people can be affected by weather and seasons, particularly given the time of year. I had no idea there were so many ways to be affected. 

Thanks for such an insightful look into it all 🙂

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Celeste,

Did you know that your name refers to “heavenly”!  Please be sure to look at and learn all you can about SAD.  Get to know you!  I mean the body of you, inside and look for ways to deal with the changing daily weather.  Thank you for the comment and stay healthy.  Because it matters!

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The older I get the more the weather seems to affect me. I get aches in my bones especially my legs. I also will get cramps in my feet if they sweat and get cold. The thumb that I broke when I was young is really affected by the barometric pressure. It will ache and there is not much I can do about it but take some Tylenol.

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Cory,

And oh how it continues to always hurt!  As for the cramps, I get them too, in my calf.  My solution for this calls for daily intake of potassium tabs.  Makes all the difference in the world as 2 years ago, due to a cramp, I collapsed in our living room and when I did so, fractured one of my wrists in 3 places.  Another solution is to get my feet on the coldest floor I can find, even if it means putting a piece of tile next to the bed.  The coolness takes away the cramps very quickly.

Thanks for looking the post over and good luck with what ails you from the weather.

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This was a fascinating read on the impacts of weather and how it  impacts our bodies especially as we age.  My father suffered arthritis badly and he would always be able to tell us when there was an adverse change in the weather on its way. .You described how each season can have different effects on different people but the one which surprised me most was Spring. I would have guessed that suicide rates would be higher in Winter but not so it seems. It is Spring that sees a peak of up to 24%. Spring is my favorite time of year. There is new life everywhere and yet for some it must be the worst. It would be good to know why this is so. 

It seems there is no season that is perfect for everyone, we just need to adapt and enjoy the changes and take advantage of the different attributes of each season as it comes, just as we do in the seasons of our lives.

 Thank you for this very informative article, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. 

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Judy,

Thank you for the comment about the article.  When it comes to the suicide rates, one can only hope a breakthrough takes place within our own lifetimes.  No matter how the weather affects us, being positive can become difficult and getting through daily routines daunting.  It wasn’t until I started writing this, when I realized how not only the events in the spring has a hold on us, but also the other seasons leading up to it and how they relate.  For example, SAD, holiday blues, long winters, and then spring.  By the time we get there, how difficult and how deep the depression was plays, a major factor in the outcome.

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As I have gotten older I find I naturally have more soreness and aches in my joints.  I have heard it said that the body reacts to weather and barometer changes.  It wasn’t until I read this article that I really thought about it again.  I am interested to pay more attention to my aches and then compare to the weather outside.  Also the different seasons and how I feel on average during those times of the year.  I used to love watching the news to get to the weather and did not go to bed until I had watched.  Nowadays I can’t handle all the negativity related to the news and get the weather on a phone app.

Very interesting article and opened my eyes more to listen to my body.

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Jeffrey,

Getting older really sucks in some ways. Now in my 60’s, I am not sure if being sensitive to the changing atmospheric and barometric pressures does me any good, but it is what it is.  Look at the bright side, when the weather forecast is less than favorable, taking time to write and working on other interests indoors, takes the mind away to a better place and that is just what the psyche doctor ordered.

Anyone ready for a good session in a hot tub?

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Hi! Changing meteorological and climate conditions have been a major concern during the recent decades. And they seem to be constantly increasing. Yeah, I agree with you that millions of lives could be impacted. And governments have been so busy attending other issues that they have probably not attended this one with the needed attentiveness. I believe that much could be done to remedy the situations.

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Henry,

Thank you for the comment!  I think the question becomes, is it the responsibility of the governments to take care of the problem or the populace?  Seeing the results of this past weekend with the various nations at the G20, in coming together when dealing with climate accord, they are a long ways from being effective collectively.  So, is it time for the average citizen to ramp up their thoughts and actions on the matter?  What positives can private citizens engage in to make a difference?  So many questions and so few answers.  One thing for sure, no one wants to have a governing body tell them they can’t cut the grass or walk the dog as it may have negative impacts.

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Hi! It was interesting to read, and usually, I don’t think about how the weather impacts my body. But it does in some ways, but maybe not the ways you told us about. If the summer is very hot for my standards (26 – 30 C), I feel hot myself, with a headache and without energy. Usually I avoid going out in the middle of the day. This year summer was hot, but I enjoyed it, because I had the opportunity not be outside in the middle of the day, and I enjoyed beautiful mornings and evenings. 

Everything is different in winter or late fall, for example, my hands feel cold (hot in summer) and I have normal blood pressure, but I have lower blood pressure in summer. Do you feel this kind of changes in yourself?

I believe that the weather, the climate is changing, but I am not sure if it will become colder or more hot in my region. I am sure that the activities of people made this change more drastic and I am afraid that we all need to face the consequences of humanity’s actions. 

What do you think? What do you believe?

Thank you for your great post! We all need to understand how weather and climate impact us: our mood, well-being, and physical health.

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Linda,

You made me think about where I live.  A higher elevation (4700 feet) and how different it would be in lower areas of population.  There are days where I wish going outside were easier than they are and yet, somehow thankful that not being out in some of the more extremes of the seasons suits me just fine.  Yes our weather/climate is changing and most likely both humans and nature are equally responsible.  How it is dealt with is a whole different matter.

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Interesting article on weather changes and body. I feel pain on my back and joint when the weather changes suddenly.  I feel the pain when it is about to rain. I consulted my doctor, nothing can be done except taking pain killer. It can be quite hurting sometimes. I should have take better care of my body before I get older.

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Christine,

You can still take care of that body.  There are many types of natural remedies that can give you (and myself) a fighting chance.  Stay active, look to natural foods that can fight off the pains (turmeric, ginger, kale etc…) and just be thankful you are alive.  

I have avoided saying this before but I guess now is a good time.  Pain can be a good thing.  It let’s you know that you are alive!.  For myself, taking pain relievers too often, or pain medications for that matter, had over time, brought on the ugly side of pain.  They took away the bad, but at the same time, set in the side effects onto the various parts of the body and mind.  Now days, I don’t even touch them and find that there is less pain from weather changes other than the extremes.

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This article was very interesting and informative. I am 60 so I get it. I do know my grandpa, who lived on a big farm in Texas his whole life, always watched the news at night before bed, to see the weather. He also listened to the radio news every morning at breakfast. He definitely needed to know the weather for doing the chores on the farm. He also needed the weather to know when he could plow, sow the field and to harvest.

I don’t notice anything myself, but I am diabetic, sadly.

I love this information about the Barometer. Seems like a good thing to have, but now days we have our cell phones to get all the weather info we need.

Thank you for this great information.

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Curtis,

I have a cell phone also but find it much better to have a good old fashioned scientific instrument on my wall.  As stated in the article, being able to set the parameters of where discomfort zones begin to affect an individual, brings more comfort than that phone.  Besides, they are decorative also.

So much of our lives depend on what is going on in the outdoors that any inch of fore knowledge becomes an feasible weapon against what is attempting to  idle us.

Two years ago, a man who was traveling up from Texas to where I live in Idaho, started feeling the effects of changes.  This gentleman had never be out of that state in his entire life and after spending just a mere few days at our elevation (4700′), altitude sickness set in.  All the sudden, it became extremely urgent to transport him to lower altitudes.  His symptoms abated once reaching Salt Lake and possible cardiac problems were averted.  Things can change so quickly and our bodies just don’t seem to be ready or able to handle it anymore.

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This was certainly a most interesting topic and one I never stopped to consider before. That in itself is weird because my husband is in his 60’s and has many aches and pains. I also definitely noticed a big difference in him from when we lived up north in the Pittsburgh area, to when we moved down here to sunny South Carolina. Who knew that meteorologic changes could have such an effect on our bodies and mental states! I never even knew there was a biometeorology field, but of course now it makes perfect sense. Thanks for a great article and for also including the question of what is in store for us due to climate change.

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Sue,

I was trying to find information about biometeorology prior the 1950’s but with not much luck.  There are references that tell us it was an ancient science from Bulgaria, but not much else.  One thing is for sure, just like me, your husband acts as his own barometer.  Getting to understanding what one feels during these changes in our weather, is paramount to the reasons for the ensuing behaviors.  

Just ask your husband, and yourself also, what am I feeling, why do I feel the pain/pressure.  It is sort of like trying to become your own psychic and putting it together with what’s outside.  In regards to Pittsburgh, spent many a childhood years living in Penn Hills.  Picked the blueberries only on sunny days.

Take care and enjoy the South Carolina area, just remember even there, escape is not possible for the events that affect us.

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Hi,

This is really an extremely interesting read. Weather impacting human body, particularly in your later sixties is learning for me. 

Knowing the weather in advance makes me plan the days ahead. I forget at times also. I slipped on a dark ice once as soon as I got of my apartment and fractured my shoulder which took 3 months and i month of physical therapy to recover. I wish I would know that in advance.

Curcumin in blackseed oil formulation works the best for joint pain. Golden milk is another one to help, as I know of.

I remember back home in India we are given a concentrate of 5 herbs and sugar before winter starts. Raw ginger, bay leaves, dry ginger, Crushed Pepper, large sugar crystals are mixed in a particular proportion -added to a liter of water and boiled to 100 mL or so. It tests sweet, really hot and spicy. We were forced by my grandma to drink. During the winter also she makes us drink that. As a kid, I did not feel anything really. But my grandma which died close 100 naturally and had not complained much about all the joints and other problems we are discussing in this blog. She had severe asthma from her young age and was completely cured using Ayurvedic Chyavanprash. Last 2-3 years of her life she took time to recognize us. 

At this point we can not reverse the aging process and weather will change. We need to know how to take care of ourselves during these adverse conditions.

Climate change is real for me. Because I am seeing extreme summer getting up to 43 oC in my small village in India and winder as cold as 0-5 oC. It was never like that when I was young. I barely needed a sweater then. It can be a serious problem if not taken care. 

The baromer will follow Torrecilli’s law and will not read wrong. 

But we need to know how to care our aged body machine oiled a do our best.

Thank you for sharing this intriguing article.

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Anusuya,

I thought fracturing the wrist in several places was bad enough, but a shoulder?  Ouch and more ouch comes to mind.  Although you may be healed, there are no doubt days when you feel the pain and ache.  Does it burn?  Sometimes the feelings come from the inside of the bones, and joints.  At least for me they do. 

Love the idea of the Curcumin in the blackseed oil idea.  I found that birch essential oil works quite well when rubbed into the joint areas.  Also, drinking golden milk several times per week provides a good deal of relief and and feeling of well being in the various organs.  I do this regularly!  It is an interesting concoction that your grandmother was having you drink, but I am sure that if you were to look deep into her family history, chances are that it was passed down from generation to generation.

Climate is changing in ways and places we never expected before and how we deal with it individually or collectively can make an impact for those that will follow us in generations to come.

Makes you wonder what happened to Mars?

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