The seasons are changing, and the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. One day it is cold and rainy, the next day is hot and dry. Weather can change very quickly and if we are caught unprepared, we could be in danger.
Your team is running out of supplies and will need to go on scavenging runs to find food and other items for the basecamp. Before you leave the camp, you need to predict the weather, so you know how to dress and what to prepare for.
In order to learn the weather patterns in your basecamp area you should build a simple weather station and learn some signs in nature that will help to predict changes in the local weather.
Use the articles in this issue of The Insider and the Internet or a book to help you learn nature weather sign, find plans and build some weather predicting equipment.
Use a notepad or journal to write down your observations each day to keep track of the weather. These observations will help you understand the trends of the weather in your area. Some places rain every day in the afternoon, some places freeze at night, some places have heavy fog. By learning the weather patterns in your area, you can plan your hunting, fishing and scavenging trips for better luck.
Things to observe:
- Wind direction – which direction did the wind come from?
- Wind speed – How fast is the air moving?
- No breeze
- Light breeze
- Cloud types – What kind of clouds do you see?
- Cirrus clouds are very high, thin and wispy – Nice day today but rain may be on the way
- Cumulus clouds are like white cotton balls – Nice day unless they turn darker then maybe rain or possibly thunderstorms
- Stratus clouds are gray and like a blanket in the sky- Dreary day, overcast, may rain
- This is a very basic description of clouds. More research is needed to understand how clouds can predict the weather.
- Precipitation –
- Is it raining?
- Is it snowing?
- Is there heavy dew on the ground or fog in the early morning? This usually means a clear day
- Is there thunder or lightning?
Build your own weather station that has a weathervane, anemometer, rain gauge, thermometer and windsock. Use the Internet for guidance. A few good websites to start with are: https://inventorsoftomorrow.com/2018/01/22/diy-weather-station-for-kids/
What we are learning:
- How to understand our weather
- Weather safety
- Weather patterns in your area
- How to keep a journal
- Scientific observation
- Critical thinking
- Intellectual curiosity
- Always have adult supervision with sharp tools
- Dress safely for weather
- If you hear thunder go indoors, lightning can reach you
Bonus! Send a picture of your weather station or weather journal observations to Survival Dispatch and we will send you some free swag.
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