The Tempest: an Account of the Origin and Phenomena of Wind, in Various Parts of the World

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Christian Knowledge Society, 1861 - Winds - 386 pages
 

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Contents

Fishing Boats in the Monsoon Bombay Harbour
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Mouth of the Hooghly during the Monsoon
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commence 92_Cause of the monsoons 93Influence of heated
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Pictorial Illustration of Opposite Currents
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Diagrams illustrating the Seabreeze and the Land breeze
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Frontispiece to Chap II Waterspout in the Pacific
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CHAPTER II
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Sand clouds 119Dust whirlwinds in India 120 Various phe
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of 127Details of a waterspout 128 Wind accompanying 129
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of 134 Duration and direction of 135Circular motion of 136
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of 138Electrical phenomena of 139Structure of 139Spiral
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their formation 147Supposed electrical origin 147 noteFine
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accounts of 152 Notices by Franklin and Capper 153
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Cyclone passing over an island 158 Details of the hurricane
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astrous effects 172The Judith and Esthers account 173The
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the law of storms 195Value of the barometer 196 To avoid
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canes 212General theory of cyclones 213Herschels theory
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Inundations occasioned by the storm wave 222 Heaping
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Display of electricity 232Shocks of earthquakes 235 Vibra
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masses of cloud 239Red sky red light c 240Appearance
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CHAPTER V
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Vertical circulation 255Heated wind storm 256The pamperos
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tion of 268The Sirocco of Africa 268 Sand pillars 270
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The lost Farm 275Sand dunes 276Dust storms 277Wind
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bad wind 287Hill and valley compared with sea and land
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meter 296 Anemometer by Wolfius 297Pendulum anemo
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jections to Whewells anemometer 308Requisites of a good
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anemometer 332 The Kew anemometer 333Anemometric
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the barometer 342 New method of filling 345 The Kew stan
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376Mean monthly temperatures 379 Brief rules for the baro
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meter 380 Table of Force of Wind Pressure and Velocity
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Page 376 - Whether clear or cloudy, a rosy sky at sunset presages fine weather ; a red sky in the morning bad weather, or much wind (perhaps rain) ; a grey sky in the morning, fine weather ; a high dawn, wind ; a low dawn, fair weather.
Page 102 - ... whose office is to breathe in the night, moved by the same order of Divine impulse, do rouse out of their private recesses, and gently fan the air till the next morning ; and then their task ends and they, leave the stage.
Page 377 - ... rolled, tufted, or ragged, the stronger the coming wind will prove. Also, a bright yellow sky at sunset presages wind; a pale yellow, wet...
Page 128 - ... splitting. The wind blew with great violence, momentarily changing its direction, as if it were sweeping round in short spirals: the rain which fell in torrents was also precipitated in curves, with short intervals of cessation. Amidst this thick shower, the waterspout was discovered, extending in a tapering form, from a dense stratum of cloud to within thirty feet of the water, where it was hid by the foam of the sea being whirled upwards by a tremendous gyration.
Page 92 - ... a series of floating mountains heaving under hoary summits, until they approach the shore; when their stupendous accumulations flow in successive surges, and break upon the beach; every ninth wave is observed to be generally more tremendous than the rest, and threatens to overwhelm the settlement. The noise of these billows equals that of the loudest cannon, and with the thunder and lightning so frequent in the rainy season, is truly awful.
Page 125 - ... did actually more than once reach us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds. There the tops often separated from the bodies ; and these, once disjoined, dispersed in the air, and did not appear more. Sometimes they were broken near the middle, as if struck with a large cannon shot.
Page 36 - August, the tempestuous rage of the wind increased ; the storm, which at one time blew from the north-east, suddenly shifted from that quarter, and burst from the north-west and intermediate points. The upper regions were from this time illuminated by incessant...
Page 39 - ... 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 125 - NW of us, we saw a number of prodigious pillars of sand at different distances, at times moving with great celerity, at others stalking on with a majestic slowness; at intervals we thought they were coming in a few minutes to overwhelm us; and small quantities of sand did actually more than once reach us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds.

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