The Kettle Moraine Area Weather Research Center has determined a more efficient way to document and track climatic data. The “frozen kitty water dish” method has past the initial hypothesis test stage and is now available for scientific use. This indicator accurately tracks past temperature trends, specializing in long periods of freezing temperatures with minimal warm spells. Throw out your National Weather service high temp/low temp charts. The frozen kitty water dish method provides a better real world account hands down!
HOW IT WORKS – When temperatures get below freezing, a standard kitty water dish will freeze. In order to refill the dish, the frozen contents must be dumped. If these contents are dumped in the same area, observed properties can document past weather patterns as follows:
- Large frozen blocks show very cold days and nights that resulted in the kitty water dish freezing solid, sometimes well before our workers could even slightly reduce the initial filled content. Sheets or smaller chunks indicate periods of below freezing, but not cold enough to freeze the dish all the way through.
- A large number of solid blocks and chunks show long periods without above freezing temperatures that would start melting the frozen water dish molds.
- Blocks of kitty dish molded ice that are still ‘loose’ show that melting and refreezing has not been occurring. Melted together blocks forming one large ice mass indicates thawing and freezing cycles.
- An even greater number of solid blocks show periods where the cold weather resulted in having to change the water twice daily, resulting in twice as many kitty water dish molded ice blocks.
WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT – This is real world data! Not some charts and graphs that some stuffed suit compiled sitting behind a desk while reading remote thermometers and looking at isobar charts. Our workers get right in there, experience the weather and report on it by the day, by the hour and by the minute. No heated rooms or padded seats and snuggies for our staff, NO SIR!!!! We dive in to get you the most accurate data collection based on real conditions.
WHAT ARE THE SAMPLE PICTURES IN THE FROZEN KITTY BOWL WEATHER DOCUMENTATION METHOD PICTURE ALBUM SHOWING ME – We have uploaded some samples of our reports and our testing facility. Here follows a brief description:
- The Lab – This is the area where the magic of our weather documentation occurs. NO FRILLS, NO FLUFF, NO BULL!! Just a straight up corner of a pole shed in the pristine Wisconsin Kettle Moraine area where we can perform our work without interruption or concern about possible data corrupting influences.
- Climate Indicator – a sample of the actual gathered data itself. Note the large number of ice blocks and the number of true full kitty water dish molds indicating a long period of freezing and sub zero temperatures without thaw. This picture shows about a 25 day pattern of sub freezing and sub zero temperatures without relief.
- Junior at work – One of our staff taking a reading at the kitty water bowl shortly after filling. Junior is a well experienced climatologist who has been with us all winter.
- Our Staff – Junior and Daisy posing for us briefly at the Kettle Moraine Area Weather Research Center desk.
- Staff At Lunch – It isn’t all work and no play for our staff. But they do eat, sleep and dream of climatic research and how they can better contribute.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP FOR ACCESSIGN THIS RESOURCE? – Give us a call at 800-coldcat (that’s 800-COL-DCAT) and we will be glad to sign you up for weekly updates and our special winter’s end report. Be the first on your block to have a true accurate record of the winter of 2008-2009 that you will treasure for years to come. Please have your credit card ready when the operator answers.
SIGN UP NOW AND GET A FREE COPY OF OUR ‘COLD KITTIES MEOW FOR RELIEF’ RELAXATION SOUNDTRACK. GUARANTEED TO HELP SOOTH YOU DURING THOSE LONG WINTER NIGHTS AND HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP FASTER AND SLEEP BETTER!
Kettle Moraine Area Weather Research Center
PO Box -5 F
Frozen Appendages, WI 00000-00below0