Tag Archives: Meteorology

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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1840: A Line Drawn Through the Eye of the Observer and the Centre of the Sun

All rainbows are portions of circles, and the eye of the observer is always opposite to the centre of the circle. The quantity of the circle seen, depends on the height of the sun above the horizon at the time … Continue reading

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