Wind speed is also an important factor during investigations. Higher wind speeds can create issues with recordings and also blow small particles around. They can create drafts in houses and produce strange and eerie noises. I recently witnessed an " investigator" on the battlefield who was convinced that the spirits were moving plastic caution tape on command. By simply licking my finger and holding it in the air, I was able to determine that there was a slight breeze. The breeze was blowing directly against the area of caution tape with the widest area exposed to the wind. This made the tape move each time there was even a slight breeze. The other areas of tape had the thin end exposed which allowed the breeze to go by without any movement at all.
Humidity levels should also be considered during an investigation. High humidity can be photographed to appear like orbs or even mist. It can also cause some issues indoors by swelling wood. A possible implication could be a door that doesn't close properly- if it were to swing open it could be perceived as paranormal when in fact it isn't. Humidity levels could also have a beneficial aspect for an investigation. Because of water's ability to conduct electricity, a higher percentage of moisture in the air might give spirits more energy from which to draw from.
I've also found that electrical/lightning storms can increase the amount of activity in an area. Again, the electricity of the storm offers ghosts another source of energy to pull from making it easier to manifest or interact. On one investigation at Spangler's Spring on the Gettysburg Battlefield, I witnessed 4 shadow figures move to "block" the roadway. There was little activity most of the night until a storm started moving in. It was when the lightning came closer that I began seeing the figures.
Also be aware of temperatures and how they can affect equipment. Going from a warm house to cold temperature outside or warm temperature outside into an air conditioned house can cause fogging and condensation on lenses. Battery power also drains quicker in colder temperatures. When conducting an outdoor investigation in cooler temps, be aware of whether or not your breath is condensing into a fog. Many people take photos of their breath in cold weather an believe they have captured something paranormal.
The other type of weather to consider during an investigation is solar weather. Solar weather refers to weather involving the sun in space namely solar flares and geomagnetic fields. The geomagnetic field is the magnetic field observed in and around the earth. Flares are sudden eruptions of energy on the solar disk lasting minutes to hours from which radiation and particles are emitted. Basically, an increase in activity concerning the geomagnetic field or solar flares means an increase in energy in the atmosphere.
How does this affect spirits? Spirits use energy to materialize, and they typically pull this energy from the basic sources around them, i.e., heat, batteries, power lines, etc. But during heightened solar activity, the energy level is increased, therefore, increasing the amount of usable energy for spirits. The increase in energy allows spirits to manifest easier and more often, which in turn increases the possibility of paranormal activity.
The phases of the moon also dictate paranormal activity. Everyone knows that a full moon brings out the crazies and werewolves. It also brings out the ghosts. Though many have heightened activity during full moon, I personally have seen an increase during new moon. The gravitational pull of the moon apparently moves more than tides, it also attracts spirits.
So the next time you go out for an investigation, make sure you record weather conditions!
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