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a Practical Exposition of the Theory
FOURTH, ENLARGED AND IMPROVED EDITION
WILLIAMS AND NORGATE
Henry Piddington 1797-1858 was an English-Indian scientist and merchant
captain in East India and China who coined the name cyclone for tropical storms,
referring to a storm that blew a freighter in circles in Mauritius in February
1845. He also wrote many scientific papers about geology, botany, mineralogy,
and meteorology in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. The former sea
captain warns sailors that severe tropical storms,
akin to Atlantic hurricanes, in the Indian and China Seas exhibit consistently
changing winds that shift counter-clockwise as the storm passed. He
describes how the barometer behaves as the storm approaches, giving a ballpark
distance to the storm’s centre, which he called "the fatal centre." He also
recognized that the storm’s right side is the more dangerous. Piddington wanted
to teach mariners how to avoid the storm’s full-on winds, how best to sail
within them when unavoidable, and how to profit from the tempest by using the
its fringe winds to speed the ship onward by ignoring
compass direction and thinking in terms of the quadrants of a circular storm.
426 Pages in total including contents pages etc, plus a folded Barometrical chart and three large charts in rear.
The three large charts-maps in rear are : The Southern Indian Ocean with the average tracks of its cyclones. The Bay of Bengal and Part of the Arabian Sea with the courses of their cyclones from 1800 to1848. The China and Loo-Chow Seas with the courses of their cyclones 1780 to 1847
Recently rebound in blue cloth with gilt lettered title label. The title page is stained and dust marked, a few page edges are frayed, most have slight foxing and browning, lacking the two storm cards which would have been in the rear pocket of the original binding.
Size is 8¾ by 5½ inches
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