Weathervanes; What’s the purpose?

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Weathervanes have been around for centuries. They are important instruments that helped predict the weather, well before the weatherman. Vane comes from the Old English word “fana” meaning flag, which is what they originally were. They were later switched from cloth flags to metal like today.

For the weathervane to work properly, the ornament must have equal weight on each side, but unequal area on opposite sides of the rod. When the wind is blowing, it will point then in the direction that the wind is coming from.

When it comes to predicting the weather, it depends on the movements of the weathervane. For example, if it changes from west to east, it may be a signal that a mass of lower pressure is there and will bring storms. Or if the weathervane indicates a shift from the south or southwest, this means warmer air might be on the way.

When it comes to what you want on weathervane, the choices are abundant! In fact, there are approximately 55 types available from MWI Components.

So whether you want the traditional rooster, or maybe you want to try out that motorcycle weathervane on your barn, consider us with your weathervane needs!

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About the Author

Randy Chaffee

Randy Chaffee is the CEO of Source One Marketing, and has been in the post-frame building industry for the last forty three years. Randy along with his team at Source One Marketing, represent several of the most recognized and respected manufacturers in the post-frame building, metal frame building, residential steel roofing and steep slope roofing industries.

Randy's aim is to form an equally beneficial and rewarding partnership between their leading manufacturers, and their customers. Randy believes that all lasting relationships are built on the concept of a 'win-win' scenario. As a team they form partnerships that bring success to everyone within the marketplace. 

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