Where Do I Go To Get Started?
The following links are to pages we use to collect our data points regarding weather, space weather, moon phase, and geological and seismic site data. If, one day, you click on one of these links and it doesn’t work, please don’t hesitate to let us know!
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Simply type in the client’s zip code and you’ll be taken to their location’s weather page. Make sure you record the weather, humidity percentage, and precipitation (none, light rain, steady rain, heavy rain, thunderstorm, snow).
NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center
Look for the Solar Activity Forecast and the Geophysical Activity Forecast and record both. Typically, if solar flare activity is high, then the geomagnetic field will be unsettled or active. Conversely, if there are no solar flares, then the geomagnetic field will be quiet. This information is particularly important for those who live in areas where the aurora borealis or aurora australis occur.
StarDate Moon Phases
You will want to record the moon phase for the night of the investigation. If you forget to do so, this site gives you a monthly calendar for you to backtrack if needed. Moon phases are: waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent, new moon, and then it starts all over.
Geological site data:
This is the one that can be a bit involved. First, you’ll want to find the exact latitude and longitude of your client’s address. First go to the following site:
Latitude and Longitude at iTouchMap
You will then type in the client’s address in the Address field at the top of the page. After you click on Go, you will be shown a map with a pin located at the client’s address. Beneath that picture will be the address translated to Latitude and Longitude points. Record those on a piece of paper. Don’t use the degrees, minutes, seconds form. Use the decimal form instead.
Now, you will go to the USGS Geologic Map by State web site. Click on your state and once there, under the View heading, scroll down and click on the link under the heading Show in a web browser window. Now, you are at the window where you can type in those latitude and longitude coordinates you wrote down. Scroll down and click on Specify Coordinates and enter the coordinates in the proper text boxes and click on Zoom.
Now, the picture of your state will zoom in and you’ll see all sorts of pretty colors. Under the picture, you’ll see the latitude and longitude coordinates. As you move your mouse cursor around the map, those coordinates change. Move your cursor to the central area of the map that most closely matches your client’s coordinates. Once there, click once and a new window will open in your browser. This new window will list the primary rock type under your client’s location, as well as the secondary rock type. For example, while typing out these instructions, I used the White House as an example and found that the home of our President sits on a very large plain of gravel and sand. Record both rock types and make note if your client’s geology consists of quartz-rich rocks (quartz, quartzite, granite, gneiss, and mylonite) which can contribute to a piezoelectric effect.
Let’s go back to the USGS for seismic activity. The US’s earthquake map is located here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/. You will see dots on the map for any earthquakes that have occurred in the last day. You can zoom out for a more world view or zoom in. Look for any earthquakes that happened in your state and if any have occurred, click on the appropriate dot and magnitude, coordinates, and earthquake depth will show on the left, bottom side of the page. If the earthquake happened at least 100 miles away, record it on your data sheet and list how far away the earthquake occurred from your client’s home. Remember, we just want seismic data within the last 24 hours of the investigation. We aren’t concerned with seismic activity a week before or two weeks after.
Remember, if you have ANY questions about how to record any of this information, please don’t hesitate to email us and we’ll walk you through it.