Blown Away by the Wreckhouse and the Legend of Lockie McDougall
The legend of Lockie McDougall lives on!
During the early 1930s, the Newfoundland Railway managers became aware of a local farmer and trapper named Lockland "Lockie" MacDougall. According to his family, Lockie had a weather sense that gave him the ability to read the signs of an approaching storm and the intense winds that accompanied it.
The Newfoundland Railway agreed to pay him as an observer — a "human wind gauge" — the premium sum of $20 a month to warn the nearby Port-aux-Basques rail office of the onset of extreme winds. [Weather Almanac 2005]