Re: Backpacking and Tornadoes
Mark Riffey (mr@GRANITEBEAR.COM)
Sat, 6 Jun 1998 19:38:37 -0500
I dont remember if I posted this or not, I know I started to and got
interrupted the other day, so bear with me if its a repeat....
RE: tornadoes etc
This doesnt really have much to do with what to do when you find yourself
stuck in bad weather, but its nice to know if bad weather is coming and
this is a good indicator of that.
What it is - I bought one of those wacky "outdoorsman" Casio watches
several years ago. You know, the one with the altimeter, thermometer and
BEST OF ALL -- a barometer. These days I think they only sell the one with
all this *and* a compass. I think the compass one is kinda bulky, but the
barometer is worth it nonetheless. I think there is one other brand that
has this stuff too - its a skier's watch as I recall.
This thing is worth its weight in gold, IMO. A barometer will tell the tale
re: upcoming weather hours in advance. This watch has a little trend bar
that shows the barometer trend in 2 hr increments over the last 24 hours.
One look at this thing and youve got a pretty good idea whats what.
The temperature part is partially worthless because its inaccurate when its
against your arm, but its handy off the arm and remembers high and low
temps, plus lets you save temperatures in memory. The altimeter is probably
accurate only within maybe 200 feet (increments by 20 feet), but its
curiosity piece mostly. It lets you save as well.
The barometer can give you enough warning to alter your plans. Maybe you
hike more to get to better shelter with the trend dropping fast. Maybe you
stop at an area with good shelter at 2pm rather than move on thru an
unsheltered area. etc.
CM, Pack 201, Ozark MO
DM, Webelos Den 5 - Thunderbirds
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Wilson's Creek District
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