by J. G. M’Pherson

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A review from "The Spectator," Volume 95, 1905

J. G. McPherson discourses on " Dew," " Fog," "Clouds," how they are formed and dispersed, " Rain," and other phenomena not to commonly observed, as "Atmospheric Dust," the " Aurora Borealis," etc. He he mentions with regret at the discontinuance of the Ben Nevis Observatory. The a final chapter is on "Weather Forecasting," a science in which there is very much to be done. Yet it is perfectly true that "the wonder is that the forecasts come so near the truth." Probably English weather is about as baffling a subject as any that the world affords. This makes it all the more necessary to collect facts, and emphatically condemns the policy which tends to diminish the number of observations. What we especially want is a station some five hundred miles out in the Atlantic.


Another review from "The School World," Volume 7, 1905

A pleasantly written little volume which, though it does not contribute anything very new on the subject, may be recommended to the general reader who wishes to know something of the methods by which weather forecasts are made.


This publisher's thoughts:

The subject is treated after a popular fashion, due regard being paid to accuracy of information. Practically, Dr. McPherson is only the mouthpiece through which the results of other workers' researches are conveyed. Notably the papers of Dr. John' Aitken, F.R.S., in the ' Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,' are laid under contribution.

However, the author has performed his task of popularizing the subject very cleverly, and the success achieved is due to his light, buoyant method of explanation.

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BN ID: 2940013974326
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 02/26/2012
Series: Jack's Scientific Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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