How to Make a Vermont Weather Stick

Vermont weather sticks help to predict the weather with changes in barometric pressure. When pressure is rising, which indicates good weather, the stick will rise toward the sky. When pressure is falling, indicating bad weather, the stick will point toward the ground. Making a Vermont weather stick is fairly easy to do.

Find Balsam Fir Trees

Step 1

Look for a grove of balsam firs. Find a place where saplings are growing, and pull up a few at least 14 inches long.

Weather sticks are balsam fir saplings that have been stripped of their bark and dried. Balsam fir trees tend to grow in sugar maple groves.

Step 2

Strip the bark from the saplings. This will allow the weather stick to dry. Because the wood is fresh, it will take a while to dry out adequately.

Step 3

Nail or glue the sapling to the base plate so that it is attached and will be able to support the weight of the weather stick.

Step 4

Mount the base plate at a desired location.

Step 5

It might take a while for your weather stick to acclimate to your specific climate. Monitor how the stick changes, rising or falling.

David McGuffin

David McGuffin is a writer from Asheville, N.C. and began writing professionally in 2009. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Montreat College in history and music, and a Bachelor of Science in outdoor education. McGuffin is recognized as an Undergraduate Research Scholar for publishing original research on postmodern music theory and analysis.