Pat Shingleton: "The Vane, The Weather..."
It's officially Winter. The wind direction often determines changing weather. In my younger days, our grandfather would ask us to "check that thar weather vane" on top of the the house. As noted in a previous column, where many weather vanes on barns and towers included birds and other objects, ours was a simple, four-point directional vane connected to a lightning rod. After reporting to him where the arrow was pointing, he'd make his weather prediction. Winds from the south noted a warm-up and if the vane was pointing south, cold. Today is St. Thomas Day and weather tradition states that "in which quarter the wind lies, it will keep blowing from that direction for three months." If true, expect northwest winds until Spring springs!
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