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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Forecasting winter weather in the south is not easy. Luckily, vast technological advances and a great team of weather guys, help a lot.
But there was a time when things were simpler -- much, much simpler.
It's been a long week for you at home, we know. And certainly for our team of meteorologists and their indefatigable dedication and determination to bring you an accurate, focused weather where you live story around the clock. But there's only one singular entity that could even come close to rivaling the best weather team on the planet -- a tried and true tool of yore -- the trusty 'weather stone.'
WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson pictured with a 'weather stone.' (PHOTO: Brad Thompson, WHNT)
A rock is typically hung from a tripod and accompanied by a sign indicating how to read it.
Here's a refresher on how to analyze the much revered stone:
If the rock is wet, it's raining.
If the rock is swinging, the wind is blowing.
If the rock casts a shadow, the sun is shining.
If the rock does not cast a shadow and is not wet, the sky is cloudy.
If the rock is not visible, it is foggy.
If the rock is white, it is snowing.
If the rock is coated with ice, there is a frost.
If the ice is thick, it's a heavy frost.
If the rock is bouncing, there is an earthquake.
If the rock is under water, there is a flood.
If the rock is warm, it is sunny.
If the rock is missing, there was a tornado.
If the rock is wet and swinging violently, there is a hurricane.
If the rock has white splats on it, watch out for birds.
The best thing is, you can find a weather stone of your own practically, well -- anywhere. So get out there and rock it!