Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Outdoor Challenge, Weather

We chose a very cold day for around here to do our weather observation and is certainly not the same as what we have been having the last week!

The Handbook of Nature Study recommended making a sundial, but I looked online and found directions to make a paper one that is a lot easier.  Check here to see it.  One thing we learned about sundials is they do not take into account daylight savings time.  Our sundial did show up around 10:00 and we did our study around 11:20.  So it is within 20 minutes of being accurate.

I recently found a new favorite book, How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook by Susan Leigh Tomlinson.  This book has a "wind guide" that she has developed for when you are in the field, to observe and figure out the wind speed.  It is based on the Beaufort Scale for Land.  We used her guide and were able to figure out the wind was between 15-24 MPH.  The interent said it was 18MPH.  I was impressed at how close we were!  BTW, I LOVE this new book so much, I may use it as a basis for the Drawing with Children-Nature Style Meme once we are done going through DwC!

We have started keeping our Cloud Key, and I uploaded one for you here on Scibd. 

Our morning started with bright, blue sky with cirrus clouds, and by the time we were out had changed to cumulus.
Gracie Girls Observations

Give away coming next week on the last day of the month, also the Tweet and See Meme.


  1. Hi Heather, I discover the link to your blog from another blog. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I am going to add you to my friend's list so I can keep up with you guys. Keep up the great work with your children. You are doing a super job.

  2. I think your family did a great job on this challenge and it must have been nice to get outside again to observe your weather. I liked seeing your sundial!

    Thanks for sharing your link with the OHC!

  3. This is a tremendous post! I got here through our common link at Handbook of Nature Study, and am so glad I did! I can't wait ti see what other treasures are here! (sorry for the poor typing -- typing while nursing!)

  4. Sally- I remember the days of typing while nursing! Glad to have you visit!


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