The Tempest; An Account of the Origin and Phenomena of Wind

The Tempest; An Account of the Origin and Phenomena of Wind

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...southern hemisphere. Their general progress is always away from the equator, and therefore reversed in the two hemispheres; but in both alike they have first a westward motion till they escape from the influence of the easterly trade-winds, when they turn round in a hyperbolic curve, and are drifted eastward by the prevailing westerly winds of each temperate zone. Throughout their course they increase in size, but diminish in intensity, till they are lost in the winds of high latitudes, the variable and fluctuating nature of which they greatly increase. In the preceding details a hurricane is regarded as a mass of air of a few miles or of several hundred miles in diameter revolving about a central calm. Storms of this kind are occasionally con temporaneous and so near together as to travel in almost parallel tracks. Instances have occurred in which the tracks of contemporaneous storms, instead of being parallel, have converged so as to approach, or to unite, or to follow each other on nearly the same track. There are also cases in which cyclones have started from points nearly on the same meridian but in opposite hemispheres, pursuing each its track, but revolving in opposite directions. These storms seem also to be generated about the same time in different parts of the world at considerable distances from each other; and lastly a cyclone has been known to split or divide into two or more separate storms, each of which continued in a new course, often with increased violence. Mr. Piddington quotes as an example of parallel storms those which occurred at the head of the Bay of Bengal, and at its mouth in the latitude of Ceylon. They were of small extent, but the first was of great violence. Storms following close upon each other on parallel...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621948
  • 9781236621948