AN ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP THE LAW OF STORMS BY MEANS OF FACTS. ACCORDING TO PLACE AND TIME; AND HENCE TO POINT OUT A CAUSE OF THE VARIABLE WINDS, WITH THE VIEW TO PRACTICAL USE IN NAVIGATION

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Pāgina 464 - It was in vain to think of flying; the swiftest horse or fastest sailing ship could be of no use to carry us out of this danger, and the full persuasion of this riveted me as if to the spot where I stood, and let the camels gain on me so much in my state of lameness that it was with some difficulty I could overtake them.
Pāgina 143 - ... that the great circuits of wind, of which the Trade Winds form an integral part, are nearly uniform in all the great oceanic basins ; and that the course of these circuits and of the stormy gyrations which they may contain, is in the Southern hemisphere, in a counter-direction to those North of the equator; producing a corresponding difference in the general phases of storms and winds in the two hemispheres.
Pāgina 26 - The gigantic waves rolling onwards seemed as if they would defy all obstruction ; yet as they broke over the careenage they seemed to be lost, the surface of it being entirely covered with floating wrecks of every description. It was an undulating body of lumber* — shingles, staves, barrels, trusses of hay, and every kind of merchandise of a buoyant nature.
Pāgina 515 - The mercury is sustained in the tube by the pressure of the atmosphere on the surface of the fluid in the...
Pāgina 298 - It blows a little, and has a very ugly look : if in any other quarter but this, I should say we were going to have a gale of wind.'—'Ay, it looks so very often here when there is no wind at all; however, don't hoist the topsails till it clears a little ; there is no trusting any country.
Pāgina 26 - The moment after this singular alternation of lightning, the hurricane again burst from the western points with violence prodigious beyond description, hurling before it thousands of missiles — the fragments of every unsheltered structure of human art. The strongest houses were caused to vibrate to their foundations, and the surface of the very earth trembled as the destroyer raged over it. No thunder was at any time distinctly heard.
Pāgina 26 - The horrible roar and yelling of the wind, the noise of the ocean, whose frightful waves threatened the town with the destruction of all that the other elements might spare — the clattering of tiles, the falling of roofs and walls, and the combination of a thousand other sounds, formed a hideous and appalling din. No adequate idea of the sensations which then distracted and confounded the faculties can possibly be conveyed to those who were distant from the scene of terror.
Pāgina 464 - NW of us, we saw a number of prodigious pillars of sand at different distances, at times moving with great celerity, at others stalking on with a majestic slowness; at intervals we thought they were coming in a few minutes to overwhelm us; and small quantities of sand did actually more than once reach us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds.
Pāgina 458 - As soon as we were within its influence, a gust of wind obliged us to take in every sail, and the topsails, which could not be furled in time, were in danger of splitting. The wind blew with great violence, momentarily changing its direction, as if it were sweeping round in short spirals : the rain which fell in torrents was also precipitated in curves, with short intervals of cessation. Amidst this thick shower, the waterspout was discovered, extending in a tapering form, from a dense stratum of...
Pāgina 464 - At one o'clock we alighted among some acacia-trees at Waadi el Halboub, having gone twenty-one miles. We were here at once surprised and terrified by a sight, surely one of the most magnificent in the world. In that vast expanse of desert, from w.

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