A good example is this rhyme, which probably originated in
New England around the turn of the 19th century. It is more the kind of pneumonic device that would be used by children than adults, but it doubtless got its start – and accuracy – from the seasoned salts who knew their coastline oh so well:
North winds send hail,
South winds bring rain,
East winds we bewail,
West winds blow amain.
Northeast is too cold,
Southeast not too warm,
Northwest is too bold,
Southwest blows no harm.
Keeping this rhyme in mind, a quick glance at any working weather vane would tell a local what type of conditions to expect when the wind kicked up. One imagines such things were and probably still are just as accurate as, if not more so than, any media forecast available. A votre santé ~
Header: Boreas by John William Waterhouse c 1903