Tag Archives: Meteorology

1938: Signs of Hard Weather

From a collection of folklore gathered by Irish teachers in the 1930’s: Weather 27-12-1938 Signs of hard weather: Robin flying into house. Lapwings seen early in winter. Wild geese seen flying inland (southwards). Small birds gathering in large numbers about … Continue reading

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1675: Lightning

Francisque Millet: Mountain Landscape with Lightning (c. 1675)

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1525: Dream

In the year 1525 between Wednesday and Thursday (7-8 June) after Whitsunday during the night I saw this appearance in my sleep, how many great waters fell from heaven. The first struck the earth about four miles away from me … Continue reading

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1963: A Colour Guide to Clouds

Each time you look at the sky, try to identify the clouds in it and test whether the explanations given in the book could be true for them. Gradually you will come to know the important clouds and the circumstances … Continue reading

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1682: A Black Cloud of Strange Appearance

At Lynn, Mass., one evening in 1682, after the sun had set, and darkness had begun to throw its pall over the land, a man by the name of Handford went out of doors to ascertain if the new moon … Continue reading

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1780: The Dark Day

The 19th of May, 1780, was distinguished by the phenomenon of a remarkable darkness over all the northern States, and is still called the Dark day. The darkness commenced between the hours of 10 and 11 A. M., and continued … Continue reading

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1983: None But the Fool

Laurence Olivier during a break in the filming of King Lear in 1983. KENT I know you. Where’s the king? Gentleman Contending with the fretful element: Bids the winds blow the earth into the sea, Or swell the curled water … Continue reading

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1870: Storm in the Mountains

Albert Bierstadt: Storm in the Mountains (c. 1870) (source)

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1726: Definition

THUNDER: a Noise known by Persons not Deaf. —Nathan Bailey: An universal etymological English dictionary, comprehending the derivations of the generality of words in the English tongue (1726)

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1865: Northern Lights

Frederic Edwin Church: Aurora Borealis (1865) “Some art historians have suggested that Church painted Aurora Borealis as a subdued tribute to the end of the Civil War, with the drapery of auroral light forming an abstract representation of the American … Continue reading

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