November 18, 2020 at 10:00 am #30850
DaisyKeymasterMany emergencies come with high winds, extreme temperatures, and torrential rain. You’ve got to learn to deal with bad weather if you want to survive. And that means you can’t just take a walk or hike on sunny, temperate days but you need to embrace the wild weather too when you’re training.Do you still go out when the weather is bad? What kind of “bad” weather do you tend to face in your area? Do you have suggestions for handling that weather that might help other forum members?
November 18, 2020 at 11:04 am #30854
I wrote this one for Daisy a while back: https://www.theorganicprepper.com/shtf-transportation-options/
November 18, 2020 at 4:01 pm #30856
Matt In OklahomaParticipant
I was in several types of military units in the army. We spent 2/3rds of the year “in the field, in many of them, so that once operations started it wasn’t new and there wasn’t an adjustment.
If you compare this to most “preppers” it’s well under a week a year. Survivalist fare better and in some cases live kinda “out there”. Bushcrafters spend a lot depending on how deep they are in the rabbit hole.
Old school farmers/ranchers spent the majority of days outside in it. Newer tend to spend more time in pickups and enclosed climate controlled tractors. There is a notable difference even in conversation with them. Even at that though they are better suited to adaptation than other folks.
It’s like anything else in that if you want to get better you spend more time doing it.
November 18, 2020 at 11:28 pm #30865
I loved this article, Daisy. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Believe that!
Grew up on a farm. Continued to have animals into our older ages. When things had to get done, the only reason you look out the window is to see what clothes to put on. The “barometer” is my friend! I need to anticipate how to care for the animals and us. I want to know what’s coming….not to avoid it. But to deal with it ahead of time…preposition more hay or snow shovels or get up there and repair the leak in the roof before it rains.
I love walking in rain or snow..at night….even if it’s windy. Tho I am not fond of wind. There are ways of shielding your face/eyes so you can still do things safely. We’ve had evenings already where upon turning around to walk back with dog….I was nearly blinded by snow pellets that began suddenly. So…you move the stocking cap well down past your eyebrows to shield eyes. I was wishing for my goggles but it wasn’t snowing/blowing when we began. Still enjoyed the walk…as did the dog. Dogs don’t care.
As mentioned, lightning in our high elevations is what you have to watch for. Don’t take chances with that. Take appropriate shelter ASAP..if you can. Don’t be the tallest thing on the mountain…as DH and I were one day long, long ago. We had to go off trail …NOT supposed to but trees at that location were 3′ tall. We were the tallest point….so get down now! We dropped/skittered/slid into a valley and sat huddled under a mylar sheet next to a half frozen pond in August. Nearly froze while we waited out a fierce thunderstorm in our shorts and T’s for a couple hours. Finally sun returned and we had to get straight back up again….to the trail.
Matt is right about farmers. Despite trying not to, I’ve been out in a bad lightning storm…creek massively overflowing driveway…after dark. DH not home. Rain is pounding down. I’m trying to vet a horse that cut her legs up being stupid! Had to see if she cut thru to a tendon. Idiot nearly drowned herself climbing a fence. Point of information: do not touch fencing wires during lightning…the current can be carried down the line so a strike far away can get you.
Not only livestock tho. I’ve spent more time on this vertical property, out in rain [sigh…and yes, lightning which is NOT advisable at all] digging quick mini-diversion ditches so the torrents of water rising near the back door will go elsewhere. A proper diversion ditch higher up finally solved that problem.
Recreation, livestock, flash flooding…. Wherever folks live rural, encounters with treacherous weather is common. Sometimes we’re forced into it. Sometimes we go into the less dangerous versions of ‘weather’….just to experience the safer stuff gladly! 🙂
Learning what are the common dangers in your areas is vital. Learning all about weather and forecasting and what constitutes “unusual” increases your chance of staying alive. I have weather sites bookmarked and view them daily. I always use Doppler radar to see when the break in the storms will come…so I can go out safely to do animal chores. I have a “barometer”, usual and high/low registering thermometers, and other tools so that I can forecast for my little piece of the planet.
Point of information: If you are a hiker and have an altimeter…you also have a “barometer”. If you’re holding still at campsite but your altimeter says you’re going up….beware of bad weather [associated with LOW barometric readings] coming your way. Cuz….as you hike upwards, the barometric pressure gets lower in the “thinner” air and altimeter needle registers higher altitude.
So if you have a stationary altimeter and the needle is rising….and it will be only a very small amount….you have a low pressure system coming your way. In our very high elevations, normal barometers do not work at all. Altimeters do..if you remember up is down.
OldMtWoman ..love and hate weather but live with it! 😉
- This reply was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by OldMt Woman.
November 18, 2020 at 11:50 pm #30869
Wow Old Mt. Woman, You have really learned to play the weather in the right way. Something I need to get better at. Used to have a thermometer and barometer at kitchen window on outside. But it was old and broke. I am going to invest in a much better one this time. I haven’t looked for one in a while as we live in a neighborhood and not on a farm with animals to tend to. But even for us it is a good idea to have one. It would give us that extra time to prepare for anything coming.
November 19, 2020 at 12:52 am #30875
During spring till fall you can tell weather by looking how your bee hives are acting.
We are kind of lucky weather usually only flows one way in our valley unless a massive storm. You can see it coming and can get estimates on tile by how quickly its moving past mountain land Mark’s.
November 19, 2020 at 6:43 am #30877
Mexican saying ” Only two things go out in the middle of the day , Donkeys and Gringos “
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