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Have an airport grade windsock and tower? Because we need it. And the little wind speed anemometer.
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I have one of those wind direction roosters on my shed out back but I guess he must have rusted solid cuz he looks to the east even when the wind is blowing 40mph from the NW. I'll go squirt some PB Blaster on him when it gets spring and spin him a circle a few times.
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I have a windsock on a pole that I can see out the kitchen window. I get up in the morning, turn on the coffee pot, raise the blind in the kitchen window, and look out to see if the weather guesser got close on the wind forecast. I could get along without it just fine but I like to see it.
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Linda has red, white, and blue whirly-gig out front. If their turning, the winds blowing purty good.

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I have a Indian rock on a string by my back door. I just look out to read the weather.

If itís swinging, the wind is blowing
If itís wet, itís raining
If itís white, itís snowing
If you want to know which way the wind is blowing, just see which way the rock is swinging. Velocity is measured by how high the rock swings up.

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If you had been here last March you would have seen why they are handy.
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I have one of those wind direction roosters on my shed out back but I guess he must have rusted solid cuz he looks to the east even when the wind is blowing 40mph from the NW. I'll go squirt some PB Blaster on him when it gets spring and spin him a circle a few times.
We used to have one of those but the wind tore it off the roof and mangled it. Its shredded a different
windsock before also.
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I do know that the upper midwest is the windiest part of the country, with Nebraska, Kansas, South/ North Dakota and Iowa being the top 5 in the nation. We have to replace flags on the flag poles regularly and if a norwester wind is predicted after a passing front then I just tell everyone to take their flags down or they will be shredded in a day of that straight 40-50 mph winds with higher gusts.

I can remember a couple of years ago we had a snowstorm skirt of to the NW of us and we didn't get a flake but Boone Iowa which is 70 miles to the NW got over a foot of the white stuff. The isobars were so close together that they were showing averaging sustained winds of 40-50 mph for almost 20 hours. We had no school the next day without a flake of snow coming out of the sky, However half of the snow that fell in NW Iowa never touched the ground until it got here. When it came time for the buses to roll out in the morning you could hardly see past the hood of the bus so they called them back. We get far more school cancellations for poor visibility do to blowing snow than we do for snow amount.

I normally don't bird hunt when the wind is blowing real hard but if I do the birds will be in the lowest spot that they can find. In such case they always flush and fly with the wind. You have about 2 seconds to get your shot off before they are out of range.

Grandpa used to say that there was nothing to slow that northwest wind all the way to Alaska.
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If you had been here last March you would have seen why they are handy.
I thought for a moment that you had them out there so you could estimate the wind mirage..in case of a zombie invasion !

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