George Turner - Nineteen Years in Polynesia; Missionary Life, Travels, and Researches in the Islands of the Pacific. PDF

PDF This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. For several years I have been in the habit of noting daily the readings of the barometer and thermometer, and other meteorological occurrences, and have drawn out the following table, as such information from Central Polynesia may, in some quarters, still be a desideratum. Let me further add, that the position of the barometer is twenty feet above the level of the sea. It is an instrument from the well-known house of " Gardner, Glasgow." The thermometer has been tested by one of Gardner's; it is fixed in a window-sash fronting the south, and is always shaded. Between the months of December and April, we were always in dread of a cyclone if we saw the barometer falling and the wind setting in from the north. Hardly a year passed without our hearing of one of these gales in our neighbourhood. Now and then we got a touch of the outer circle, and occasionally had one tearing everything to pieces in its way through the middle of the group. Their course is generally towards E.S.E. In April, 1850, one swept right over the centre of Upolu; and in April, 1855, another "skinned," as the natives called it, everything along the east end of Upolu. Up to the time I left, there had not been another. During the one of April, 1850, the barometer fell to 27'15. During the seven years referred to in the table, we had twenty-three earthquakes. They were not confined to any particular time of the year, but were principally between the months of February and August. Shocks in general double, and merely a slight tremulous horizontal motion, from E. to W. or from N." to S. Occasionally they gave a sharper jerk, and created alarm for a few seconds; but there is neither fact nor tradition of anything which ever threw down houses or endangered life....

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