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We often decide what we’ll do or what we’ll wear after checking the weather forecast. But at times, forecasts can be more confusing than clear. Meteorology is a science and often includes a flurry of jargon and data. Here are some common weather concepts explained.
Pressure systems. A high pressure system is dry, cool air moving in a clockwise direction. It brings sunny skies. A low pressure system is moist, warm air moving in a counter-clockwise direction. It brings stormy, wet weather.
Warm and cold fronts. A cold front brings cold, drier air into an area. A warm front brings warm, humid air. When a cold front meets a warm front, expect stormy weather.
Jet stream. A narrow band of strong winds high in the atmosphere, the jet stream steers pressure systems and fronts.
Relative humidity. Expressed as a percentage, this is the amount of moisture in the air compared to how much the air could hold. The higher the humidity, the warmer you’ll feel during hot weather and the colder you’ll feel in cold weather.
Barometric pressure. A barometer measures the atmospheric pressure and helps predict weather changes. If a forecaster says the barometer is falling, that usually means a storm is looming. If the barometer is rising, sunnier skies are on the way.
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If you spend time outside in the summer heat, remember to take frequent breaks in a cool place.
One cup of evaporated milk can be substituted for one cup of heavy cream in most recipes.
If you go to a ballgame, barbecue or other outdoor event this summer, avoid putting on perfume or cologne beforehand — these types of scents can attract mosquitoes.
Shredded chicken is a flexible ingredient that can be used to make chicken salad, chicken tacos, chicken pot pie and more. To make sure you always have it on hand, buy chicken on sale and cook it ahead of time. Place the chicken in a pot, cover with water, and season with salt and pepper. Over medium to high heat, bring the pot to a boil, then cover and let simmer for a couple of hours, until done. After it ’ s cooled, debone and shred the meat, and pour the broth in a separate container. Both the chicken and stock can be frozen if you won ’ t use it right away.
People who have trouble falling asleep often find that a soothing bedtime ritual, such as taking a bath or playing music, helps them wind down.
Tea will help ease sunburn pain. Pour a pot of brewed tea into a bathtub of lukewarm water. Soak in the tub until your skin feels better.
Those who suffer from seasonal allergies should keep car windows closed while traveling, avoid being outdoors between 5 and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are at their highest, and stay away from freshly cut grass.
Stay hydrated during hot weather by snacking on juicy raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Eat them plain or mixed with yogurt and a little granola for a sweet treat.