The weather guide-book

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Page 117 - ... the whole face of the country was laid waste ; no sign of vegetation was apparent, except here and there small patches of a sickly green. The surface of the ground appeared as if fire had run through the land, scorching and burning up the productions of the earth ; the few remaining trees, stripped of their boughs and foliage, wore a cold and wintry aspect; and the numerous seats in the environs of Bridgetown, formerly concealed amid thick groves, were now exposed and in ruins.
Page 42 - If three days old her face be bright and clear, No rain or stormy gale the sailors fear; But if she rise with bright and blushing cheek, The blustering winds the bending mast will shake. If dull her face and blunt her horns appear On the fourth day, a breeze or rain is near. If on the third she move with horns direct, Not pointing downward or to heaven erect. The western wind expect; and drenching rain, If on the fourth her horns direct remain. If to the earth her...
Page 35 - As an attracting body causing an " aerial tide," it has of course an effect, but one utterly insignificant as a meteorological cause ; and the only effect distinctly connected with its position with regard to the sun which can be reckoned upon with any degree of certainty, is its tendency to clear the sky of cloud, and to produce not only a serene, but a calm night, when so near the full as to appear round to the eye—a tendency of which we have assured ourselves by long continued and registered...
Page 134 - whatever may be the progress of the sciences, never will observers who are trustworthy and careful of their reputation, venture to foretell the state of the weather,' — this pretension received a singular support in the winter of 1838.
Page 25 - Her silver crescent tipp'd with sable clouds, Conclude she bodes a tempest on the main, And brews for fields impetuous floods of rain. Or, if her face with fiery flushing glow, Expect the rattling winds aloft to blow.
Page 34 - Moon should also be observed ; for, if there appear one only, bright and clear, and decaying by degrees, it promises serene weather; but, if two or three appear, tempests are indicated : and, if they seem reddish...
Page 102 - ... in two hours), whilst the wind had risen to half a gale. At this time in the SE, low, long-rolling distant thunder gave ominous signs of an approaching storm of great magnitude. The sky gradually became blacker and blacker until, at five o'clock, it was darker than I had ever before seen it in the daytime, with the solitary exception of the total eclipse of the sun in July 1860, within the central path in Spain. A book could be scarcely read at a window, nor away from it could the time be ascertained...
Page 102 - And this leads us to the memorable 7th of May, a day that will long be remembered in Nottinghamshire, memorable for the hurricane near Newark, and for the violence of the thunderstorm in the neighbourhood and elsewhere, particularly striking from the night-like darkness, the great size and curious forms of the hailstones, and on account of the magnificence of the colour of the lightning. At Highfield House the morning was fine and sultry, about noon thunder was heard in the SE, and again continuously...
Page 11 - We are so far from being acquainted with all the agents of nature, and their different modes of action, that it would be quite unphilosophical to deny the existence of the phenomena, merely because they are inexplicable in the present state of our knowledge.
Page 133 - ... when in various and opposite parts, they portend the approach of all kinds of tempestuous weather, together with thunder and lightning. Clouds resembling fleeces of wool will also sometimes presage tempests ; and the occasional appearance of the rainbow denotes, in stormy weather, the approach of serenity ; in fine weather, storms. And, in a word, all remarkable phenomena, visible in the sky, universally portend that certain appropriate events will be produced, each harmonising with its proper...

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