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.
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!