Do raccoons come out in the rain? How does weather affect their movements?
Raccoons may decide to go out while it’s raining or not, and this will depend on the rain. If it is soft rain, then the raccoon will go out, but if it is hard rain, they will likely stay under cover. However, this may also depend on if the raccoon is hungry or not. The downpour will not make it easy for the raccoons to move around, but with light rain it will be easier, even more so if the temperature is warm.
The raccoon is known to use multiple linear regressions of model movement rates, and this is a function of the seasonal breeding gestation and movement rates because the seasons also change the barometric pressure and temperature. In the fall and winter, the movement rate is relative to the humidity and to the temperature. The movement rate will normally increase with decreasing humidity and increasing temperatures. In the parturition or young rearing, the movement rate is related to barometric pressure and the relative humidity.
Studies have suggested that the weather conditions may affect the movement rates of raccoons. But there are little variations in these movement rates. This suggests that the weather conditions contribute to little or no variability in the rates of the movements. The study also showed that the weather conditions may influence the raccoon’s activity patterns but just seasonally. Low temperatures tend to decrease the raccoon activity while the raccoons get more active during the warm nights even in the winter. The raccoon activity was found to decrease when the temperature reduced even in the nocturnal periods. The activity was also related to the diurnal temperatures. Since the raccoons get more active during low barometric pressure, it happens before the weather fronts and not afterwards.
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