The Complete Weather Guide: A Collection of Practical Observations for Prognosticating the Weather, Drawn from Plants, Animals, Inanimate Bodies, and Also by Means of Philosophical Instruments; Including the Shepherd of Banbury' Rules, Explained on Philosophical Principles. With an Appendix of Miscellaneous Observations on Meteorology, a Curious Botanical Clock, &c. &c. &c

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J. Harding, 1812 - 160 pages
 

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Page 131 - A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay. A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.
Page 134 - Mark well the flowering almonds in the wood ; If odorous blooms the bearing branches load, The glebe will answer to the sylvan reign ; Great heats will follow, and large crops of grain.
Page 134 - A serene autumn denotes a windy winter; a windy winter, a rainy spring; a rainy spring, a serene summer; a serene summer, a windy autumn; so that the air, on a balance, is seldom debtor to itself; nor do the seasons succeed each other in the same tenor for two years together.
Page 26 - Before storms they appear lower and denser, and usually in the quarter opposite to that from which the storm arises. Steady high winds are also preceded and attended by streaks running quite across the sky in the direction they blow in (Fig.
Page 143 - But the safest place of all is in a hammock hung by silken cords, at an equal distance from all the sides of the room. Dr. Priestley observes, that the place of most perfect safety must be the cellar, and especially the middle of it ; for when a person is lower than the surface of the earth, the lightning must strike it before it can possibly reach him. In the fields, the place of safety is within a few yards of a tree, but not quite near it.
Page 56 - In forty.one years there were 6 Wet springs, 22 dry, and 13 variable; 20 Wet summers, 16 dry, and 5 variable; 11 Wet autumns, 11 dry, and 19 variable. A season, according to Mr.
Page 83 - There are various kinds of raingauges: one of the best is a hollow cylinder, having within it a cork-ball attached to a wooden stem, which passes through a small opening at the top, on which is placed a large funnel. When this instrument is placed in the open air, in a free place, the rain that falls within the circumference of the funnel will run down into the...
Page 66 - ... a continuance of fair weather to follow. 6. In fair weather, when the mercury falls much and low, and thus continues for two or three days before the rain comes, then expect a great deal of wet, and probably high winds.
Page 66 - When foul weather happens soon after the falling of the mercury, expect but little of it ; and, on the contrary, expect but little fair weather, when it proves fair shortly after the mercury has risen.
Page 131 - If the latter end of October and beginning of November be for the most part warm and rainy, then January and February are likely to be frosty and cold, except after a very dry summer.

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