Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:00 PM by Pat Shingleton
Once a lot is selected, the positioning of the house is determined by the prevailing wind. My grandfather stationed our Pennsylvania house in relationship to the prevailing north wind. Built in the early 1900s, his house had the front door facing west and the back door facing east. The north and south sides bore the brunt of the strong seasonal winds. Prevailing winds are winds that blow predominantly from a single general direction over a particular point on the Earth's surface. The prevailing winds in our area lean more to a south, southeast and southwest origination; northwest during winter. Roof experts recommend a roof cap away from the prevailing winds. Land falling tropical storms and hurricanes pose the worst threat for our area.