Cycles of Drought and Good Seasons in South Africa

Cycles of Drought and Good Seasons in South Africa

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...as in minimum sunspot years. Writing in " Nature " (Nov. '85), Mr. E. Douglas Archibald gives the following quotations. The first is from the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: --"The records showed that there appeared to be a recurrence of low water every ten years. There was lower water in 1824 and in 1835; the period 1844--5 was low especially when compared with the years immediately before and following; 1854 was remarkably low, also 1864--S, 1$74--5, and now they came to the present lowperiod of 1884--5." The second quotation is from the American Meteorological Journal. It refers to cold winters in Michigan, America: --It is interesting in this connection to notice that the local reports of extremely cold winters, place them at intervals of between ten and eleven years. The winter of 1842--3 is thus shewn to have been extremely cold; also the winter of 1853--4; the winter of 1863--4 noted for its terribly cold New Year; the winter of 1874--75, when the frost penetrated into the ground at Port Huron four to six feet, there being scarcely a thaw between January 1st and the middle of March; and lastly the winter of 1884--85, which beats the record for extreme cold during January and February." These figures of exceptionally cold winters in America, are almost identical with those quoted above (by a different writer) of exceptionally low water in England. They all fall within two or three years of minimum sunspot periods. Mr. Douglas Archibald, adds: --"The years 1821--2--3--4, 1833--4,1844--45,1866--7, and 1875--7, were characterised by mild winters in Europe and unusual cold in Iceland and America; being preceeded in most cases by drought during the summers." To this I need only add that the...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236534248