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Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby D_Loki » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:14 pm

When the TV's, internet and public radio go down, whacha gunna do besides look out the window and mmpaints' "Coon Tail Weather Station" won't tell you what's coming (If the coon tail is wet, its raining / if its white, its snowing /if its hanging straight down, no wind LOL). Here's a few PDF's to give a leg up on figuring weather forecasts locally. For those with HAM radios, it might be a good idea to pass on the info to those you keep in contact with from other geographical areas to gather weather data and build a basic weather map. If one person in a central location gathered all the info they could pass on the forecast to a region. This method would be even less reliable than modern meteorological predictions, but if you're old enough to remember forecasts prior to the 1960's then you would be about as accurate as they were. The only real equipment you need is inexpensive (unless you want one of them fancy dancy electronic weather stations for $400). A pair of outdoor thermometers, a barometer, a weather vane, an anemometer (measures wind speed), and a regional map. For future forecasting, keeping detail records helps, so adding a rain gauge will be helpful. Happy forecasting!!

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http://hotfile.com/dl/24202101/50e55b3/Weather_Skills.pdf.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/24202157/01b035b/Wind_Barometer_Forecasting.pdf.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/24202192/d79051e/WxFcstPrimer2008.pdf.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/24202263/dcec6b8/Natures_Weather_Signs.pdf.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/24202415/6a0a213/Climates__Weather_Explained.pdf.html

http://hotfile.com/dl/24203721/34c8a51/EssentialsOfMeteorology.pdf.html
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby IceFire » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:40 pm

I don't need the barometer...I get a migraine whenever the pressure starts falling (usually 12-24 hours before the front hits us). So far, I've been more accurate than the local Accu-weather report. It's to the point that my husband and co-workers will ask me what the weather is going to be like. (actually, migraine researchers have found that the majority of migraine sufferers are very sensitive to barometric pressure changes, but a lot of those affected just hadn't made the correlation. I figured it out, because none of the OTHER "usual" triggers would set me off, but the barometric pressure always did.)
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby D_Loki » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:53 pm

Same with my wife, she is so sensitive that I always know of a change. When the pressure drops its a joint pain, when it raises, she has a migraine (provided it isn't hormone driven, no further explanation needed I assume LOL). It kind of makes her miserable all the time, but she muddles through.
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby Marica » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:16 pm

This is a post from a while back at Ohio Preppers. Predicting the weather; for your kids & you. Something fun to do with the little ones.

http://ohiopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com ... -kids.html
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby lemonAJAX » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:50 pm

IceFire wrote:I don't need the barometer...I get a migraine whenever the pressure starts falling (usually 12-24 hours before the front hits us). So far, I've been more accurate than the local Accu-weather report. It's to the point that my husband and co-workers will ask me what the weather is going to be like. (actually, migraine researchers have found that the majority of migraine sufferers are very sensitive to barometric pressure changes, but a lot of those affected just hadn't made the correlation. I figured it out, because none of the OTHER "usual" triggers would set me off, but the barometric pressure always did.)


Thats kinda like me,

I fractured my knuckle on the right hand ( middle finger) and now whenever its about to rain or get cold it hurts like hell... so thats my "wheather man"
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby IceFire » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:11 pm

Between the right ankle, let hip, nd migraines, I'm pretty darn accurate! (Although, I have to admit, since I started taking a calcium-magnisium-zinc supplement, the migraines aren't NEARLY as bad.)
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby Bekka Lee » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:21 am

Here's an old timer barometer for ya.....Take a small (four foot tall) balsam tree. That's what we use here in Michigan anyway. Cut the very top "spike" branch, along with the first branches below that off the tree. Hang it upside down where nothing is touching the side branches. When they are pointing down it's gonna be nice, when they are pointing towards the sky they are preparing for rain.....works!!!! Haven't used it in the winter but it works in the summer!!!
Hubbies arthritis works well too.....
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby paladin » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:10 am

DGS told DH not to worry about getting a barometer cuz he was a walking weather forecast... his nose bleeds when the weather changes... has been doing that since he was 2 ;)
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby kappydell » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:51 am

I am more accurate than the weather man in my area (his forcasts are far and away for too wide an area, as such are way too vague)
My aids to forecasting: (1) Arthritic joints tell me if the pressure drops; (2) site of old surgery tells me if it will rain and aches in proportion to how much rain; (3) the 'red sky at morning, sailors take warning' works in my area where the weather usually goes west to east (4) A ring around the moon at night has proven very accurate for me - indicating rain or snow. Size of ring preducts amount of snow - larger = more; about 75% of time; (5) When the swallows fly low and smoke from the trash barrel does not rise, rain is coming; (6) Crickets' chirps and/or the tone of snow crunch to tell temperature; (7) Wall clouds running at the edge of a front designate 'change'. (7) Flies do bite more when it is going to rain. Then also sit around rather than flying as usual. (8) Sudden wind direction change means take the laundry in, its going to rain and soon!
I have used homemade barometers, hygrometers (from hair) and such, but nature is more fun to watch.
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby piglett » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:26 am

well my grandfarther used to have a little system that seemed to work well for him.
he even had a small sign so everyone could learn out to use it.
he took a hardwood peg about 1/4" round & about 6 inches long.
he carved a small notch near one end & after drilling the correct size hold in the outside door casing of his back door he slipped the hardwood peg into the hole. he then added a good strong string to the end of the peg about 12" long. it couldn't slip off because as i have already said there was a small notch near the end. he then found a rock about the size of a small chicken egg & tied the string around it. the last thing to be added was the small sigh which said.

old indian weather forecaster
if rock is wet ,........................ it's raining
if rock is white, ...................... it's snowing
if rock swings , .......................it's windy
if rock is missing, .....................some no good SOB steal it


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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby evilpreppers » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:13 pm

Check for dew on the ground. No dew in the morning means a good chance it will rain soon and vice versa. Also the clouds. Many formations can't predict rainy conditions in 2-3 days.
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Re: Basic Weather Forecasting

Postby bane5150 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:54 pm

Red sky at night, sailor's delight, Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Or get a Kestral weather meter :D
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