Handy Book of Meteorology

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 274 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1868 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. WEATHER, AND STORM-WARNINGS. 644. Weather is the condition of the air at any time as regards heat, moisture, wind, rain, cloud, and electricity; and a change of weather implies a change in one or more of these atmospheric elements. From the direct bearing which weather-changes have on human interests and pursuits, they have been closely observed from the earliest times, in order that their approach might be predicted with some degree of confidence. The strong craving in the public mind for this knowledge is attested by the prognostics current in every language, which, amid much that is shrewd and of practical value, embody more that is vague, and not a little that is absurd. Any reference to Moore and other almanacmakers is unnecessary, except as testimonies to a widespread ignorance of even the most palpable elements of physical law, which is a disgrace to the educational system of the country. When prognosticators of higher pretensions appear before the public with revelations, weeks or months beforehand, of fine or stormy weather fraught with great advantage or incalculable disaster to agricultural and other interests, it is curious to note how their predictions are laid hold of by the newspapers and scattered broadcast over the country. 645. The truth is, no prediction of the weather can be made, at least in the British Islands, for more than three, or perhaps only two days beforehand; and any attempt at a longer prediction is illusory. But though no prediction of the weather weeks or months beforehand can be made with any pretension to trustworthiness, yet guesses or surmises may be formed which are not without value. All prediction based on solar or other astronomical causes, if not misleading, is useless. Investigations appear at present...

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