How To Easily Tell Which Direction You Are Standing N.S.E.W.

How can I tell which direction I am standing? If you are trying to figure out which direction you are standing without using any type of watch or mobile device, there is a simple way to accomplish this. There are 3 simple and easy ways to figure out which direction you are standing…

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3 Easy Ways To Find Out What Direction You Are Standing…

Method 1. Stand with your right arm pointing to where the sun rises in the morning (East). Your shadow will face behind you when using this method. With your right arm facing East, you will then be facing North and be able to quickly know what direction North, South, East, and West is.

Method 2. If you are near a Highway or State road, the number of the road will tell you what direction you are going or facing. North to South Highways are numbered with ODD numbers. (Highway numbers grow larger from West to East) So Interstate 5 (I-5) is an ODD number and therefore goes North to South direction. East to West Highways are numbered with EVEN numbers. (Highway numbers grow larger from South to North) So Interstate 10 (I-10) is an EVEN number and therefore goes East to West. So without using a device to help you find what direction you heading, use the numbers of the roads to assist you.

Method 3. Observe shadows. In the northern hemisphere, shadows will move clockwise. Shadows will move counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. With practice, you can use shadows to determine both direction and the time of day.

Finding What Direction You Are Facing With The Shadow “Stick” Method

1 thought on “How To Easily Tell Which Direction You Are Standing N.S.E.W.”

  1. I think the direction of sunrise depends on the latitude and time of year but will always be east of north and south.

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