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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

the weather stick






When we were at my sister and brother-in-law's house on January 2 I noticed the 'weather stick' on the porch of their house.  Have you ever seen one of these?  My brother-in-law, Richard, makes them.  He told me he cuts a small bough from a fir tree which included the base which is about 3 inches long.  He then peels or scrapes all the bark off.  It is simply attached by a screw to the porch window.  
How does it work?
It's not magic.  It's nature. 
The stick will bend straight up when the weather is dry and will bend down when it's wet - all based on humidity.  They sell for anywhere from $10.00 and up on line!!  But, you can make your own!
These weather sticks were first used by Native Americans in the northeast.

 On January 2, the weather was nice but there were a lot of snow squalls going through so the stick is bending down due to the moisture in the air.  Richard says on a really dry day the stick points straight up and touches the top of the window frame.   Richard worked and played in the woods all his life and knows nature so well.  He says you can even tell the weather when in the woods by looking at a fir tree's small branches and the direction they're pointing in.  Next time I see them he will give me one of his weather sticks and I'm going to have Murray put it on one of the posts of our pergola.
There are lots of images of weather sticks on the internet if you want to see them.  


We had a nice gentle snow all day yesterday and it warmed up to -4C.  Last night it dipped down to -15 and it's only that today with a windchill of -25C.  The bright sun on the snow is so beautiful though and I'm enjoying the sun shining in the dining room window today.

My view at sunrise this morning.  So pretty with the fresh snow and the clear blue sky with a hint of pink on the trees and horizon.

Fresh snow.

I went out and started scooping the snow from the driveway.  I did the end of it by the road so it wouldn't freeze solid and came up about 20 feet then I did 2 tracks for the car and another 20 feet at the top.  I was getting cold so came in and called our son and he came up and finished it for me.  I didn't want to over-do it and have a heart attack!!


 Now.  If I had a weather stick today I'm sure it would be pointing to the sky!

Have a cozy evening!

Blessings,
Pamela



33 comments:

  1. good for you for calling for snow removal reinforcements! the weather stick is neat - rather like a dowsing rod. (my dad used to use those.)

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  2. The snow's quite beautiful!

    My parents had one of those by the kitchen window when they lived in Ontario's cottage country. It worked.

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  3. I've never heard of a weather-stick! so neat.
    wow, you have a lot of shoveling to do! good for you for being careful and thank-you for sharing those sun-rise post-card shots!

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  4. That's very cool! I've never heard of a weather stick. It makes sense the way it works, though.

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  5. This Floridian can't deal with those temperatures. I think my eyes rolled into my toes.

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  6. Wonderful photos ! It is bitterly cold here to but like you the sun was shining and that makes it so much better ! The temps will be warmer by the weekend here and sunshine for the rest of the week for us . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day and stay cozy !

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  7. I have heard of these weather sticks but never seen one that is great that he makes them ! sorry blogger was acting up for me on comments lol ! Have a good day !

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  8. Blogging is so educational. I have never heard of a weather stick - fascinating!
    Glad your son could help out with the snow shoveling. Brrrr.

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  9. What a good son! That's a big drive to clear. I have seen a weather stick a few times and wondered what they were. Now I know! Now I want one! =D

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  10. Really cool . . . I can't wait to show my husband.
    Beautiful photos Pamela!

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  11. I have never heard of a weather stick but it sure does make sense. love your pretty sunrise snowy images.

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  12. Yes, I'm familiar with a weather stick and a witching stick of willow to find water underground. These are things the natives likely taught the early settlers which was passed down. My great grandfather used these nature sticks on his farm and I remember my dad telling the stories about them.
    At least your snow is pretty and white - ours gets dirty fast from all the traffic.

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  13. I've never heard of a weather stick, but it does make sense. If nothing else, it will be a conversation piece!

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  14. Such beautiful pictures, although, such snow! I am glad that your son came to help with the snow clearance. The weather stick is amazing isn't it! I have heard of a similar thing with a pinecone. When we were children we would bring a piece of seaweed back from the beach, if it was dry, the weather was dry and if it was wet, yes, you guessed, the weather is wet! I think that the stick is probably far more reliable and a lot more fun!! xx

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  15. What a fascinating little gadget to have in the garden, I'll have to see about getting one of those. Nature never fails to amaze me.

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    1. I did check it out online Pam, and think your brother in law could make some money selling them. I will be on the lookout for some fir sticks to see if we can make one :)

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  16. How interesting about the weather stick. I've never seen or heard of such a thing. I can see how it could become very intriguing to check it out several times a day.
    Your morning photo with the pink tinges is so gorgeous. So peaceful.
    Sounds like a good plan to call your son for help on the snow removal.

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  17. brrrrr....it is COLD there. Here in West Texas, we are at 30 degrees this morning at 9:30. and our weekend is looking very warm .
    I've never heard of a weather stick...gotta ck that out. :)

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  18. I've never heard of the weather stick. That's neat the way it works
    Beautiful view of the sunrise!

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  19. I have never seen or heard of a weather stick before...that is SO cool...and ONE smart boy of yours! Your snow photos are so very pretty but you know what they say about pink skies in the morning...are you due for more snow? I am hoping we get some of the white stuff soon :) Stay warm!

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  20. Pamela, such pretty photos of freshly fallen snow, and what wonderful information, too! I have never heard of a weather stick before and I wonder if my husband, who, like your brother-in-law, spent much of his childhood in nature, is aware of such a device! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

    Hugs from an uncharacteristically rvery ainy and windy Crete!
    Poppy

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  21. Pam, great idea. I have heard of a water stick but not a weather stick. Your views are so gorgeous, but I hate to think of you shoveling all that snow!..Stay warm and dry..Judy

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  22. That's new gadget to me Pamela. I like it though because it's natural and has a history. Would make a very unusual but useful gift, and definitely an item of curiosity. . . . . . and thank goodness it's not made in ------ well you know where!!!!

    Love the snow pics - but I don't want that much, just a dusting please!
    Hugs - Mary

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  23. Interesting idea, the weather stick. Here it is supposed to warm up tomorrow. I'll be out and about so it will be nice to feel the sun again. We don't have much to shovel snow off here, thankfully. Only the short front walk and the patio. The Mr. takes care of it all. I do like the early sunrise photos. You nicely captured the sun rise glow on the trees.

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  24. I've never seen a weather stick before. Fascinating! I'm glad you knew when to stop shoveling snow and that your son was able to help you out. Sure is pretty, though!

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  25. Beautiful winter shots, and how very interesting about that stick!

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  26. That's an interesting tid-bit about the weather stick. I had never heard of that!

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  27. That's the first I heard of a weather stick...but I am going to check into that. Maybe I'll have a weather stick before too long. Mostly it will be bowing low over here! Great pic's...as always.

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  28. Pam, I have never heard of a weather stick but I WILL show this post to John. He loves anything Native American. The snow is beautiful but I'm so glad I'm just seeing a photo and not the real thing. Been very, very cold here, though. I'm so ready for spring. Only a couple of months to go for us. I've been watching your weather on TV. Brrrrrr. . .Hugs from the Farmhouse!

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  29. I have one of those. They sell them on Iles aux Coudres. They make them with a special type of wood that grows on the island. Ours has been on our house for years now. It is fun to watch and it does work. :)

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  30. The weather stick is so interesting! I have not heard of one before.

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  31. beautiful images and your window you can enjoy a panorama of peace, I would love to be there! Here in Italy there is the tradition of the stick time, but we have other ways to figure out what the weather. Good life to you!

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  32. Even my kitchen is simple, many vegetable soups, salads and a little bread. The desserts are excellent, after dinner is well end up with a trick. Excellent your table and beautiful are the dishes. Good life!

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