Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 28, 2021

Campground Weather Station

(4 Minute Read plus video. 28Jul2021)

Recently a tornado with 100 mph winds tore through one of our favorite state parks, knocking down trees throughout the park including in the campground. The tornado touchdown path was 400 yards wide and 2 miles long. In the campground, large trees fell on top of cars and RVs and on the bathroom building.

The Great Creator is in charge of every element in His universe, and by His mercy no one was seriously injured by the tornado. The campground and the entire park is closed for nearly a month to give the rangers time to clear all the arboreal debris and make repairs.

Thus I was motivated to set up a relatively simple yet highly accurate weather station at my campsite (in a different park) for the benefit of other campers.

The key feature is the weather rock which reports the weather.

This picture shows my weather station and the directions for using it.

The sign in the picture reads as follows:

Bill’s Weather Station
Condition of Rock Weather
Rock is wet —> Raining
Rock is dry —> Not raining
Rock is swinging —> Windy
Rock is hard to see —> Foggy
Rock casts shadow —> Sunny
Rock is cool —> Overcast
Rock is cold —> Chilly
Rock is white on top —> Snowing
Rock is bouncing —> Earthquake
Rock is gone —> Tornado

Accurate up-to-the-minute weather data available here daily, unless rock is undergoing periodic servicing and calibration.

The trickiest part of setting up a weather station like this is suspending the rock. Tying a rope securely around a rock is sometimes harder than it looks. I decided to make a rope net to hold my weather rock.

Make a Rope Net

Here is how I made a net to hang my weather rock. The approach works for making a rope net to hold almost anything.

Cow Hitch

The only knots you need to use are the cow hitch knot (see picture) and the square knot (left over right and right over left).

I cut four 30-inch lengths of thin cord. My weather rock was about 4″ x 3″ x 2.5″. For a bigger rock, I would have used parachute cord in longer lengths. Likewise, for a smaller stone, use thinner twine or string in shorter lengths. You do not want the cord to interfere with the rock’s weather reports.

Fold each piece of cord in half and attach it with a cow hitch knot (see picture) to some type of small ring like the split rings used for keys. Do this with all four lengths of cord and spread the four cow hitch knots evenly around the ring with the two free ends of each cow hitch outside the ring.

It’s not necessary to use a ring. You can instead tie the four doubled cords together at their centers.

Start of Rope Net
4 cow hitches & first set of 4 square knots
with a pair of cords out of each knot

Each of the four cow hitch knots on the ring will have two lengths of cord coming from it. You now have 8 cords in 4 pairs. Pair cords from adjacent knots together and tie a square knot (left over right and right over left) with them about 1-2 inches down the cords from the ring. Do this for all 4 sets of adjacently-paired cords. You can vary the size of the mesh for the net you are making by varying how far down you tie the square knots.

Now repeat the procedure. That is, pair cords branching from adjacent square knots and tie a square knot with them about 1-2 inches down the cords from the previous square knot. Continue pairing cords from adjacent square knots and tying new square knots until your net is big enough for your rock. Slip the rock in and tightly close the net with square knots.

For readers whose interest in knots has been rekindled by this explanation on how to make a rope net, 20 Essential Knots is a good article with pictures and instructions for tying 20 useful knots.

Of these 20 knots, the six that I use the most are square knot, two half hitches, taut line hitch (for tarp and tent guy lines), bowline (to make a loop at the end of a rope that does not slip), sheet bend (to join 2 ropes), and trucker’s hitch (to tie down loads).

Weather Station Upgrade

Despite the accuracy of my weather station rock, it has a couple of minor disadvantages. It does not provide quantitative data, and it can’t be connected to my phone or computer. Thus I am considering upgrading my weather station to the AcuRite 01002 – Atlas Weather Station pictured here.

This one has the advantage of giving quantitative weather results. It gives temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV index, and light intensity. Moreover, you can see the weather data in an app on a phone or computer.

Here is a YouTube video (1:40) describing this weather station upgrade.

Weather in the Bible

Weather has a prominent role throughout the Bible. From the worldwide storm and flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-9) to the great storm of Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2:10) to the storms on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25) to the storms that shipwrecked the Apostle Paul (Acts 27:13-44; 2 Corinthians 11:25), storms occur in fascinating accounts throughout the Bible.

The Great Creator who created the earth and all its systems also sustains and controls them. In particular, He ordains and controls the weather.

One of my favorite weather passages in the Bible makes this abundantly clear. Jesus demonstrated His divinity by stilling a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee. The storm was so severe that veteran sailors were badly frightened to the point where they thought they were perishing. Yet Jesus stopped the wind and calmed the waves! His disciples said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25)

The disciples’ question has an obvious answer. It’s a question that everybody must answer for themselves.

Questions to Ponder

1. How do you answer the disciples’ question: “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
2. Have you made the one essential preparation for life’s storms?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday July 28, 2021 A.D.

For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The Lord God of hosts is His name.
(Amos 4:13)

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