Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Weather Vane

The Tower of the Winds, Athens, Greece
Day 124 of My Italian Learning Journal*

Our city can get quite windy. There is another cold weather front headed in our direction and the wind gusts have been 30 - 40 miles per hour. Typically TV news broadcasts include a segment about the weather. So who before all modern weather forecasting technology, who invented the weather vane to determine wind direction? It appears that the credit goes to the ancient Greek astronomer Andronicus, who created the first recorded weather vane around 48 B.C. The photo at right shows what is left of Andronicus' Tower of the Winds.  At the top on each of the eight sides are the wind gods in relief. The Tower of the Winds was fully excavated in the 19th century. Let's move on to today's Italian practice script.

Ascolta Questo:
  • Corpus Christi è una città costiera nel sud del Texas, USA.
    Corpus Christi is a coastal city in South Texas, USA.
  • Spesso è una città ventosa.
    Often it is a windy city.
  • Oggi i venti sono stati raffiche da 30 a 40 miglia all'ora.
    Today the winds have been gusting from 30 to 40 miles per hours.
  • La nostra temperatura scenderà a 40℉.
    Our temperature will drop to 40℉.
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.

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