If you've ever spent any time in the Adirondacks you know the weather is unpredictable. You also know that a weather report for Utica, Albany, or Plattsburgh -- though relatively close by -- can differ drastically from the weather in Old Forge. Fortunately at Woodcraft we have a small and reliable weather station. Each morning Nature Mary uses the instruments in the weather station to read the temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind, and dew point.
Mary instructs campers on the use of the instruments. Reading the weather is part of earning nature patches. It is also a practical way to plan the day rather than rely on a report intended for a city fifty miles away. Mary writes the data on a dry-erase board for the whole camp to consult.
Attached to the kitchen is an old fashioned weather vane and wind speed reader. The arrow on the left tells you the direction, the flags indicate the cloud cover, and the spinning apparatus at the very top measures wind speed.
The wind catches the small cups making them rotate. A wire runs to the wind velocity meter where the wind speed is read.
Learning to read the weather is helpful to the campers because it gives them a frame of reference for conditions to watch for while on the trail or in a canoe.