Climatology of California (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1903 - California - 270 pages
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On topography and climate of coast and valley regions, with detailed data on temperature, precipitation, frost, fog, and thunderstorms, by station.
  

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Page 250 - Their death is due to accidents, not, as of animals, to the wearing out of organs. Only the leaves die of old age, their fall is foretold in their structure; but the leaves are renewed every year and so also are the other essential organs — wood, roots, bark, buds. Most of the Sierra trees die of disease. Thus the magnificent silver firs are devoured by fungi, and comparatively few of them live to see their three hundredth birth year. But nothing hurts the Big Tree. I never saw one that was sick...
Page 251 - All things come to him who waits." But of all living things Sequoia is perhaps the only one able to wait long enough to make sure of being struck by lightning. Thousands of years it stands ready and waiting, offering its head to every passing cloud as if inviting its fate, praying for heaven's fire as a blessing ; and when at last the old head is off, another of the same shape immediately begins to grow on.
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Page 244 - ... metres for a wind of 10 metres per second. Since the moderate winds that occur on the surface of the earth, often cause water-waves of a metre in length, therefore the same winds acting upon strata of air of 10° difference in temperature, maintain waves of from 2 to 5 kilometres in length.
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Page 250 - ... sign of decay. It lives on through indefinite thousands of years until burned, blown down, undermined, or shattered by some tremendous lightning stroke. No ordinary bolt ever seriously hurts Sequoia. In all my walks I have seen only one that was thus killed outright. Lightning, though rare in the California lowlands, is common on the Sierra. Almost every day in June and July small thunderstorms refresh the main forest belt. Clouds like snowy mountains of marvelous beauty grow rapidly in the calm...
Page 32 - The highest temperature ever recorded in San Francisco was 100°, on June 29, 1891, and the lowest 29°, on January 15, 1888. Abnormally warm and cold periods last, as a rule, about three days. The mean of the three consecutive warmest days at San Francisco has never exceeded 76.3°. A period of warm weather during the summer months is, as a rule, brought to a close about the evening of the third day with strong west winds, dense fog, and temperatures ranging from 49° to 54°. The mean of the three...
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