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Meteorological Observations and Essays


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Preface; Part I: 1. Of the barometer; 2. Of the thermometer; 3. Of the hygrometer; 4. Of rain-gauges; 5. Observations on the height of the clouds; 6. Account of thunder-storms and height of the clouds; 7. Observations on the winds at Kendal and Keswick, for five years; 8. Account of the first and last appearance of snow each winter; 9. Account of bottom-winds on Derwent lake; 10. Account of the Aurorae Boreales seen at Kendal and Keswick for five years; 11. On magnetism, and the variation of the needle; Addenda to the observations on the Aurorae Boreales; Part II: 1. On the atmosphere, its constitution, figure, height, etc.; 2. On winds; 3. On the variations of the barometer; 4. On the relation between heat and other bodies; 5. On the temperature of different climates and seasons; 6. On evaporation rain, hail, snow, and dew; 7. On the relation between the barometer and rain; 8. On the Aurora Borealis; General rules for judging of the weather; Appendix, containing additional notes on different parts of the work.

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First published in 1793, this little-known book of meteorological observations launched the scientific career of natural philosopher John Dalton.

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