Pat Shingleton: "Weather Stories..."
Over the years readers and watchers have offered a few weather sayings such as: "Catchy drawer and sticky door, coming rain will pour and pour." This little ditty may be applicable to other parts of the country but for us, it happens all the time. During the winter months, the changes in temperature and humidity can cause our doors to occasionally stick and squeak with expansion and contraction. Here's another: "When the glass falls low, prepare for a blow..." The mercury barometer is the "glass" and when the pressure is low, the mercury level is low with unsettled weather. Back in the old days, these sayings were all that folks could rely on to determine changing weather. Here's another one... Bogus stories lace the colorful history of Death Valley, CA. In 1874, the Virginia Territorial Enterprise’s editor needed space to fill. He concocted a story about a scientist who invented a "solar armor" suit. The scientist covered himself with a sponge-like material, saturated in water and set across the desert. The article said they discovered the inventor perched on a rock, frozen solid. Rapid evaporation supposedly turned the sponge into ice and his beard was covered with frost and a foot-long icicle hung from his nose. The story had the trappings of scientific fact. The hoax was reprinted by newspapers world-wide. Perspiring does lower the body temperature, as more people have died of dehydration in Death Valley than heat stroke.