History of the Weather Stick
Also known as a Maine Weather Stick, Maine is a state of the United
States. It is probably named after the French province of Maine.
Another possibility for the name "Maine" is that the people
living on islands along the coast of Maine used to speak of going
to the mainland as "going over to the Main." Its U.S.
postal abbreviation is ME.
Weather comprises all the various phenomena that occur in the
atmosphere of a planet. "Weather" is normally taken to
mean the activity of these phenomena over a period of a few days.
The average weather over a longer period is known as the climate.
This aspect of the weather is studied with great interest by climatologists,
for any signs of climate change.
The weather stick is a balsam fir. The Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
is an North American fir, native to most of eastern and central
Canada (Newfoundland west to central Alberta) and the northeastern
United States (Wisconsin east to Maine, and south in the Appalachian
Mountains to West Virginia). It is a small to medium-size evergreen
tree typically 14-20 m tall, rarely to 27 m tall, with a narrow
The Weather Stick is generally about 40cm (16") long which
when mounted outside it will point upward with the onset of good
weather (high pressure) and down as bad weather approaches (low
pressure). These sticks were first used by the natives of the
American northeast and the Canadian east and southeast, who noticed
the behavior of dry branches prior to the arrival of weather changes.
The weather stick is a rare example of a weather prediction tool
which predates the mercury barometer (An instrument used to measure