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Weather Lore: A Collection of Proverbs, Sayings, and Rules Concerning the Weather

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Earth Science

By: Richard Inwards(Author)

212 pages, 1 b/w illustration

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2014 | Edition: 2 | #219486 | ISBN-13: 9781108077620
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Richard Inwards (1840–1937) trained as a mining engineer, working on projects in Europe and South America (his book on Tiwanaku in Bolivia, The Temple of the Andes, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection). A fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Astronomical Society, Inwards became well known in scientific circles. Weather Lore was first published in 1869, with this 1893 second edition including new entries from the United States. Compiled from sources as diverse as Hesiod, the Bible and Francis Bacon, the collection includes the notable observations that 'if spaniels sleep more than usual, it foretells wet weather', but 'if rats are more restless than usual, rain is at hand'. Often entertaining, always fascinating, Weather Lore does not pretend to be scientifically accurate; as the author was to remark later, 'no human being can correctly predict the weather, even for a week to come'.



1. Weather in general
2. Times and seasons
3. Sun, moon and stars
4. Wind
5. Clouds
6. Mists
7. Dew
8. Fog
9. Sky
10. Air
11. Sound
12. Tide, etc
13. Rain
14. Rainbow
15. Frost
16. Hail
17. Snow
18. Ice
19. Thunder and lightning
20. Barometer
21. Thermometer
22. Hygrometer
23. Telescope
24. Animals
25. Birds
26. Fish, molluscs, etc
27. Reptiles, etc
28. Insects
29. Plants, etc
30. Various


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