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The weather vane and its direction throughout history

StarsInsider Logo By Stars Insider of StarsInsider | Slide 1 of 31: The weather vane has served as a simple way of gauging wind direction for centuries. In the early years of its use before the advent of modern technologies, these instruments were vital as an essential tool for shipping, travel, agriculture, and weather prediction. Today used for more decorative than functional purposes, this humble device has nonetheless played a critical role throughout history in the way we predict and forecast weather patterns.Click through find out the fanciful ways wind was once measured.

The weather vane and its direction throughout history

The weather vane has served as a simple way of gauging wind direction for centuries. In the early years of its use before the advent of modern technologies, these instruments were vital as an essential tool for shipping, travel, agriculture, and weather prediction. Today used for more decorative than functional purposes, this humble device has nonetheless played a critical role throughout history in the way we predict and forecast weather patterns.

Click through find out the fanciful ways wind was once measured.

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