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The weather rock or weather stone is a humor display that pokes fun at the intricate technology used in modern weather forecasts, as well as the fact that their accuracy is less than perfect. A rock is typically hung from a tripod and accompanied by a sign indicating how to read it.
Instructions for "analyzing" weather with the weather stone
Some examples of the instructions for the weather stone include:
- 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.
There is a prominent and well-known weather rock in Camp Wolfeboro, a Boy Scout summer camp located in Arnold, California.
There is a weather rock at the Donner's Pass Historic Site (just outside Lake Tahoe).
There is a weather rock at Bloomington Zoo in Central Illinois.
There is a weather rock in Rhododendron, Oregon near the Zig Zag River off Road 10.
There is a weather rock at the Pancake Bay Trading Post near Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
There is a weather rock at Seven Ranges Boy Scout Reservation in Kensington, Ohio.
There is a weather rock at Firelands Scout Reservation in Wakeman, Ohio.
There is a weather rock outside the McDonald's restaurant in Lithgow, NSW, Australia,
There is a weather rock at Tenterfield in NSW, Australia.
As of late July 2012 Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Virginia also has a weather rock.
In Australia this joke is similar but with a string rather than a rock. It includes "If the string is on fire then there is a bushfire."