Here we are, "knee deep" into winter. December around here was as cold as I remember it being for such an extended spell. At least the temperature has gotten into the double digits now, although still quite cold.
Back in the fall someone from the NOAA contacted the farm to see if being a daily "weather observer" was something of interest. The duties include reading and reporting the temperature maximum and minimums and temperature at observation time, every day, which is all done with this handy-dandy inside unit:
The temperatures are detected by this strange-looking thermometer on a stick in the back yard: (the blocks are part of the future fireplace/chimney project)
and when it rains or snows, the rain gauge, a fiberglass snow board, and a measuring stick come into play.
The rain gauge is pretty cool though, because you can measure down to the hundredths-of-an-inch of rain. A plexiglass "cutting board" is utilized to measure the snowfall depth.
The weather service utilizes observers to more completely get a picture of weather and climate in an area. It's also interesting to see how many degrees difference there are between Wild Things Farm and the local airport. Airport you say? Why certainly---the Crossville International Airport-----just kidding.