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  1. I found this at archive.org/details/folkscanomy_prepper. Look under Folkscanonmy: Prepper and survivalist Books for downloadable copies of “The Survivor” by Kurt Saxon. Although his politics are not politically correct or even in agreement with a great many people (God Bless America and freedom of speech!) his publications provided lots of useful information for the preppers, homesteader, or any one looking for old time skills. Here is one useful item that caught my eye: = = = = = = = = = = = = = WEATHER FORECASTING by DON CART (c. 1977 from “The Survivor” by Kurt Saxon, Vol 2, pg 550) Interrupted communications will mean interrupted weather service. Be prepared to forecast your own weather. The U.S. Weather Bureau has prepared the following chart. Barometer Wind from Weather Indicated High & Steady SW to NW Fair with little temperature change for 1-2 days High & rising rapidly SW to NW Fair followed by rising temperatures High and falling slowly SW to NW Rain in 24 to 36 hours Very high & falling slowly SW to NW Fair and slowly rising temperature for 2 days High & falling slowly S to SE Rain within 24 hours High & falling rapidly S to SE Increasing wind with rain in 12 to 24 hours High & falling slowly SE to NE Rain in 12 to 18 hours High & falling rapidly SE to NE Increasing wind with rain in 12 hours High & falling slowly E to NE Summer, light winds, fair; winter rain in 24 hours High & falling rapidly E to NE Summer, rain in 12 to 14 hours; winter, rain or snow & increasing winds Low & falling slowly SE to NE Rain will continue for 1 to 2 days Low & falling rapidly SE to NE Rain & high wind; clearing and cooler in 24 hours Low and rising slowly S to SW Clearing soon and fair for several days Low & falling rapidly S to SE Severe storm soon, clearing and cooler in 24 hours Low & falling rapidly E to N NE gales, with heavy rain or snow, followed in winter by cold wave Low & rising rapidly Moving over to the W Clearing and colder A home weather station will be a definite advantage to you. First you will need an aneroid barometer. If you buy a new barometer, do not bother setting it according to the directions. All you will be using it for will be to determine whether the barometric pressure is rising or falling. You will also need a wind direction indicator. You can use a tree or a wind vane. You do not need to worry about wind velocity; just note whether it is light, medium, hard, or extra hard. You will also need two thermometers. Mercury thermometers are more accurate than alcohol thermometers but are also more expensive. The first thermometer is to record the temperature. The second is used to measure relative humidity. To make the second thermometer serviceable to measure relative humidity, attach a cotton wick to the bulb at the bottom of the thermometer. Nest bore a hole at the top of the thermometer (not in the tube, in the frame!) Attach a round handle to the thermometer in such a way as to allow the thermometer to swing freely. To use, record the temperature on the thermometer. Wet the wick with rubbing alcohol (water will do but is not as fast) and twirl the thermometer for 30 seconds. Record the temperature which will be lowered. Divide the higher temperature into the lower; subtract the result from one, and multiply to 100%. This will give you the relative humidity. For example, if the higher temperature was 65⁰ and the lower one was 60⁰ then 60 / 65 = .12; 1 - .12 = .88; .88 x 100% = 88% relative humidity. You may wish to have a rainfall indicator. Build a wood box so that the inside height of it is the height of the beaker you will use for the gauge. Have the top slanted away from the center. Bore a hold in the center of the box, the hold being the same size as the diameter of the beaker. (Drill several small holes in the bottom of the box for drainage, too.) Put a door in the box, and set the box with a beaker in it out in the open and you have your rain gauge. Keep a log of the weather observations and record them every 24 hours. Two Helpful Hints 1. Keep your thermometer in the shade protected from the wind for a more accurate reading. 2. Turn your television to channel 13; turn the brightness down all the way. Now turn to channel 2. When a tornado is in your area the television screen will become very bright. = = = = = = = = = = = = = Now I do not know if the tornado detection will work with digital TV but I know it works with analog TV. So you might want to keep an old TV around for a tornado detector if you live in a tornadic weather area. They are still available in 2nd hand stores if you look around a bit. Just thought this might be more accurate in predicting your personal vicinity’s weather, rather than depending quite so heavily on a TV station based miles and miles away. Personally I am tired of being ready for rain that falls in the broadcaster’s city but not in my own rural area, so I am hanging a copy of this chart on the fridge! - Kappydell
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