Crafted out of quality 14-gauge mild steel, our silhouette weather vanes are sturdy enough to withstand all weather conditions, unlike lighter metals. The bases are slightly thicker than the rest of the weather vane for extra stability.
Our silhouette weather vanes have a natural metal color and will develop a unique rustic look if left uncoated. Or, if you prefer, we can paint your weather vane in black, white, copper, gold, brown or forest green.
Our weathervanes are a great gift for the rancher, farm owner or horse enthusist. These items will greatly enhance that western decor and grace your barn or house. These items will standup in the harshest of weather conditions.
The design of a weather vane is such that the weight is evenly distributed each side of the axis of rotation, but the surface area is unequally divided, so that the pointer can move freely on its axis. The side with the larger area is blown away from the wind direction. The pointer is therefore always on the smaller side (a north wind is one that blows from the north). Most weather vanes have directional markers beneath the arrow, aligned with the geographic directions. North is one of them
Weather vanes, especially those with fanciful shapes, do not always show the real direction of a very gentle wind. This is because the figures do not achieve the necessary design balance: an unequal surface area but balanced in weight.
To obtain an accurate reading, the weather vane must be located well above the ground and away from buildings, trees, and other objects which interfere with the true wind direction. Changing wind direction can be meaningful when coordinated with other apparent sky conditions, enabling the user to make simple short range forecasts.
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