Before a storm, animals and insects become nervous, often irritated, sometimes even vicious.
Flies bite, fishes become bold, birds dress their feathers and quarrel with one another; horses get quick-tempered.
Lowering storm pressure releases gases and odors that stimulate animal sensitivity; dogs become nervous and alert. It is natural, then, to presume that humans might also react to pre-storm weather.
Quite so: Rising humidity and lowering pressure affect us both physically and mentally, but so mildly that only slightly nervous reactions are produced.
Text: Eric Sloane's Book Of Storms -- Hurricanes, Twisters & Squalls.
Photographs: Georg Paul Neumann, The German Air Force In The Great War (Website).