I consider myself a intermediate gardener. I think I could do better but for what I have to work with I think I do okay. Well, I thought I did until I read an article in the recent Farmer’s Almanac about weather instruments.
I have a rain barrel, rain gauge, barometer and weather vane. Okay, I do not check them often to know if the warm southern winds are moving in or we will be getting an inch of rain to fill the rain barrel. But I do watch the weather reports. And I rely on my good old fashion arthritis to tell me when the humidity or colder weather is moving in.
So when I read about “anemometers” I recognized immediately what they were for because I had seen them before. They catch the wind in their rounded cups rotating measuring the speed of the wind. For me I really just need a wind sock to let me know that the wind is starting up or which direction it is coming from.
Living in the humid south I watch the Weather Channel daily during hurricane season so I know what to expect.
I have a barometer and a thermometer combo that works pretty well. I think I rely on the thermometer above all other instruments because I go out every single day rain or shine to walk or work in the garden unless we get a warning to stay inside. First thing I do in the morning is check my “Weather Channel” app to see what to expect and what time sunrise is. Then I am up and rolling. Sometimes I can tell by how I feel how bad it is going to be for the day.
I had never heard of a “psychrometer”. The two measure relative humidity. It has two thermometers. There is a process that sounds a bit complicated. To find the relative humidity you compare temperatures of the two thermometors. If you have used one you know how they work.
I think it is a bit more advanced for me when I am checking weather conditions. However while figuring how this worked I ran across some old timer weather forecasting tools I found very interesting and that are still in use.
One are “weather sticks” that are pretty neat. They work on the theory of air pressure affecting wood branches. However, it is not a guarantee at any time. So if at first you do not succeed then try another tree!
Only you can decide what weather tools you will want to use for your needs. But I think you will find that the tools I have mentioned here are worthy of checking out. Both the psychrometer and the anemometer are very interesting weather tools as are weather sticks.