General Examination of the Atlantic Ocean

General Examination of the Atlantic Ocean

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...begins again, an hour or so of light easterly or northeasterly wind will probably be registered, showing that the wind has gone round the right way, through the southeastern quarter. Later in the season, or as winter advances, the S. E. wind becomes more prevalent, and instead of the wind dying away at S. W. it will frequently vary between S. S. W. and S. E. for two or three days, sending a heavy swell into Possession Bay. Sometimes it continues round to E. or H." E., still blowing hard and with wet gloomy weather, not preceded by the interval of fine weather experienced on the coast before a gale comes on from the eastward. "This veering round will, however, like the easterly gales on the coast, be found a rare occurrence. As a rule, the wind will be found stronger from the S. W., and the squalls heavier than from N. W., and no certain warning is given of this shift. Sometimes the barometer precedes it, but more generally accompanies it. iSometimes heavy banks of white cumulus clouds, having hard edges and appearing very rounded and solid, will be seen rising from the S. W. or southward, but this is more frequently the case when a S. W. wind is about to spring up from a calm or light air, than as indicative of a gale shifting to S. W. or S. "The backing of the wind from S. W. to N. W. is always accompanied by a falling barometer, or its ceasing to rise, as it does during the whole time it blows from S. W. The change of wind, however, usually accompanies the change in the barometer, and the mercury merely ceasing to rise may indicate the S. W. wind subsiding. If the wind backs from N. to N. E. the same dirty weather may be expected that is mentioned as usual when it draws round to the E. from the southward, and generally the seaman...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236642635
  • 9781236642639