The Restless Wind
The wind plays an important part in lore and history. It’s known as a weather maker, as in the phrase “winter winds doth blow and we shall have snow.”
• Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626) knew that “every wind has its weather.” “The Devil is busy in a high wind,” it’s said, but “westerly winds are fair weather winds.”
• Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) suggested, “Do business with men when the wind is in the northwest when the barometer is high.”
• When we catch a cold, we catch it from the winds, some say; another saying states, “the east wind brings aches and pains.”
• The ancients thought of wind as a messenger; in a way, that was the role of the fictional Mary Poppins, who came and left on the winds.
Tip of the Week
Time to put the clothes out on the line again and let the wind do its work.
See our clothesline tips!
Video: Why So Windy?
This March may be especially stormy. Why does March tend to be so windy? Watch video!
How Windy Is It?
In 1805, Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort devised a wind velocity scale, which described a wind between 39 and 46 mph as a “fresh gale.” Wind speeds of 74 mph and higher got classified as a "hurricane." See the full wind scale.
The wind in one’s face makes one wise.
A veering wind will clear the sky. A backing wind says storms are nigh.
Lo, as the wind is, so is mortal life. –Sir Edwin Arnold, English author (1832–1904)
Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews.
–Robert Burns (1859–96)
Great Almanac Giveaway
Check out this month’s prize:
20 eco-friendly seed packets for you! AND, select 5 friends who will receive 10 packets each! Urban Farmer offers a large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardens.