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Storms; their Nature, Classification, and Laws, with the Means of Predicting them by their Embodiments, the Clouds

Nature volume 13, pages 421422 | Download Citation



WHATEVER may be thought of this work as a contribution to the extremely difficult question of the theory of storms, its delightful “positiveness of statement born of conviction,” makes it a very readable book; and, further, the fresh facts contained in its pages, collected in most cases with evident care, form a useful repository to meteorologists in the study of atmospherical disturbances. In matters pertaining to general meteorology, the author is less at home as regards his facts, such as when he states that the heat of the sun's rays scarcely penetrates an inch into the surface of the land in the course of a day. He is also at fault as regards the seasonal distribution of atmospheric pressure over the globe, and the extent over which the south-west monsoon spreads to westward off the coast of Africa.

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