by Ralph Abercromby


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Weather - A popular of the nature of weather changes from day to day is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1888.
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ISBN-13: 9781406716924
Publisher: Hesperides Press
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.09(d)

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its head to the wind before rain. In Scotland the " Wind- Dog " and the "Boar's Had" are still the dread of the fisherman, while such names as " Goat's Hair" and "Mare's Tails" recall some of the shaggy monsters of antiquity. Prognostics. At a rather later period of intellectual development, the premonitory-signs of good or bad weather become formulated into short sayings, or popular prognostics. A large number of these sire still current in every part of .the world, but their quality and value is very varied. " Some represent the astrological attitude of mind, by referring weather changes to ihe influence of the stars or ..pilases of the moon ; others, on the contrary, are very ..valuable, and, in conjunction with other aids to weather "Jjprcasting, prognostics will never be entirely superseded, for use on board ship. Till within a very d, their science and explanation had hardly advau'ctfcj. since they were first recorded. In many cases the prognostics came true; when they failed, no explanation could be suggested why they did so; neither could imy reason be given why the same weather was not always preceded by the same signs. A halo sometimes precedes a storm; why does it not always do so? Why is rain sometimes preceded by a soft sky, and sometimes by hard clouda? The Barometer. About one hundred and fifty years ago the barometer was invented. Very soon after that discovery, observation showed that, in a general way, the mercury fell before rain and wind, and rose for finer weather. Also that bad weather was more common when the whole level of the barometer was low, independent of its motion one way or the other, than when the level was high. But as with prognostics, so withthese indications, many failures occurred. Sometimes rain would fall with a high or r...

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