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MR. SYMONS explains that the delay in the appearance of this volume is due chiefly to the exceptional character of many of the phenomena of the year 1886, and partly to some observers not having had sufficient health, or courage, or interest in their records, to induce them to face the snowstorms of March I and December 26. The volume contains, besides articles upon various branches of rainfall work, the results of observations made at nearly 2500 stations in Great Britain and Ireland. In the various sections the compiler has brought together an immense mass of information, and he has taken great pains to present his facts clearly. There are several illustrations, in one of which he shows the fluctuations of annual rainfall from the year 1726 to 1886.

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