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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:

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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.



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 65 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. 

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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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We just say NO to snow., LOL!  But we do keep our tarps handy for frosts.....

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The flag on the train reminds me of a book I once read. It was called something like The Children's Blizzard. It was about a surprise snow storm that trapped the children at school. Think Little House On The Prairie setting. They used the train system to gauge the weather back then too. It's a true story. Half of the book was all about what the kids and teacher went through and half was about weather related info. That part was a little dry. Good winter reading.

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22 hours ago, kappydell said:

Personally I am tired of being ready for rain that falls in the broadcaster’s city but not in my own rural area


I have an "advantage" where I live. There are soooooooooooo many mini climates here that the weather report can be very confusing at times.


I remember when I first moved here and would watch the news I would ALWAYS wonder what in the h3ll was saying! The maps they used to use when showing the weather patterns was simply a flat map of the area with the roads and towns marked on it. Like this one:

































I could never figure out WHY the weather in a nearby town to the east or to the west was so radically different. When they switched to using topographic maps I finally "got" it. My city is at the far northern end of the Sacramento Valley. We are surrounded by the Coastal Range on the west, the foothills of the Sierra's on the east, and the north is the  (where the two other ranges merge). To the south is open valley, but the only break in the coastal mountains is way down by the San Francisco Bay. So, the weather in the different cities depends on which mountain range they are in and which direction the wind is blowing.




























I FINALLY can listen to a weather forecast and have some idea of what MY weather will be.


Here is a satellite image.


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Weather forecast.... hot.  Not a chance of rain.  


We are located 16-30 miles into the flat desert lands, from the Superstition Mtns.  Most storms, catch the mountains and follow them.  60% chance of rain yesterday, gave us high winds, dust, and enough light sprinkles to make the vehicles look like we never washed them. Because our town is in a valley, we watch radar storms come right to the edge of town, and the clouds will divide, dissipate, and go around us.  The storms clouds that were around us, provided much needed rain to a lot of areas.... just not here.


We found a wall mounted, barometer, humidity, temperature gauges, back in the ‘80’s while cleaning an 1960’s vacant house. We rarely actually look at it, because it’s just plain hot most of the time.  Nice to have it during monsoon season.

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those mini-climates are a pain.  we are always getting rain, but it goes over us and drops it 10 miles to the east!  Or it will storm like crazy on us, and 1 mile away....nada.  

So far M & I have had more luck checking our arthritic joints for rain forcasts, but I thought the chart might help put it on a more scientific basis, if Mother Nature will ever be consistent...(fat chance).  

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