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Folls or dances about: but if there appear two of them, or both Castor and Pollux, together, when the storm is grown stronger, this is reckoned a good sign; but if there be three of them, or Helena also attending, the tempest becomes more outrageous: so that the appearance of one alone, denotes crudity in the tempestuous matter; two a concoction or ripeness thereof; but three or more, such a large collection as is dissipated with difficulty.

If the clouds drive fast whilst the sky is clear, let winds be expected from that quarter whereto the clouds are driven; but if they collect and roll up together, they will afterwards begin to separate and disperse, when the sun approaches to that part where they are collected: and if they disperse more towards the north, it denotes wind; but if to the south, rain.

The clouds rising black or dusky at the setting of the sun, denotes rain the same night, if they rise opposite to the sun, or in the east; but the next day, attended with wind, if they rise near the sun, or from the west.

The sky clearing up, or the clouds breaking away into a part opposite to the wind that blows, denotes fair weather; but clearing up towards the wind, it yields no certain prognostic.

Sometimes there are several floors or stories of clouds, one above another; five whereof Dr.

Gilbert declares, he has sometimes observed at once; but the lowest are always blackest : though it may sometimes appear otherwise; because the whiter strike the sight most. A double range of them, if thick, denotes approaching rain; especially if the lower cloud seem swoln: and more floorings denote the continuance of rain from day to day.

When the clouds appear fleecy, and are dispersed up and down the sky, they denote storms; but if they appear to warp over one another, like scales, or the tiling of a house, they promise dry and fair weather.

Feathered clouds, or such as appear like the branches of the palm-tree, or the flower-de-luce; denotes showers at hand or not far off.

When hills and mountains appear, as it were, with their caps on, from the clouds that hang about and surround them; it is a sign of impending storms.

Clouds appearing of an amber or gold colour, before sun-set, and having, as it were, their edges gilt with gold; promise fair weather after the sun is gone down lower.

Clouds that appear muddy and dirty, progposticate wind and rain at hand.

The sudden appearance of a light cloud, in a clear sky; especially coming from the west, or about the south; denotes a storm a-brewing.

The appearance of a white pregnant cloud, called by the ancients a white tempest; denotes small hail in the summer, and snow in the winter.

When mists and fogs rise upwards, they denote rain; if they mount suddenly, as if they were sucked up, they foreshew winds; but when they fall, and remain in the vallies, fair weather.

A serene autumn denotes a windy winter; a windy winter, a rainy spring; a rainy spring, a serene summer; a serene summer, a windy autumn: so that the air, upon a ballance, is seldom debtor to itself. Nor do the seasons succeed each other in the same tenor, for two years together.

When our common fires burn paler than usual, and murmur or resound within, it is a sign of a storm; if the flame curls, bends, and waves in its rising, it principally denotes wind; but spongy excrescences in the snuffs of candles and lamps, rather denote rain.

When coals burn bright and shining, it is a sign of wind; so, likewise, when they quickly deposit and throw off their ashes.

When the sea appears calm on its surface from the land, and yet has a murmuring noise, though without swelling, this foretels wind.

The sounding of the shores in a calm, and the

ringing of the sea itself, with a certain flutter, or kind of echo, heard more distinctly, and to a greater distance than usual, prognosticates winds.

The appearance of froth, white crowns, or bubbles of water up and down, on the surface of the sea, whilst it lies flat and calm, denotes winds; and when these signs are more remarkable, severe tempests..

The appearance of a shining froth, called sealungs, upon a rough and turbulent sea, denotes a continuance of the tempest for many days.

When the sea swells without a noise, and rises to the shore higher than usual; or if the tide comes in fresher than ordinary; this prognosticates winds.

A sound coming from high hills, and a murmuring noise rising in the woods, as also a kind of crackling in open places, foretels winds; so likewise an unusual murmuring in the heavens, without thunder, principally denotes winds.

Leaves and chaff playing in the air, without any sensible breeze; the down of plants flying about; and feathers floating and playing upon the waters denote winds at hand.

Water-fowl flying and flocking together; but particularly mews, gulls, and moor-hens, quit-ting the sea or rivers, and hastening to the

shores or banks, especially if with a cry; and again, their playing on the dry land, foretels winds; especially if this happen in the morning.

On the contrary; when land-fowl go to the water, strike it with their wings, wash themselves, and raise their cry; but especially the crow; this portends tempests.

Ducks and coots or didappers, are observed to prune their feathers before wind'; but geese with their importunate gaggle, seem to call down rain.

When the heron tours upright, so as sometimes to fly above a low cloud; this denotes wind; but the high flight of a kite denotes fair weather.

The continued croaking of the raven, in a sobbing manner, presages wind; but if it be by fits, in a stifled manner; or if the croak be repeated at longer intervals, it denotes rain.

The whooping of the owl was thought, by the ancients, to denote a change of weather, from fair to rain, or from cloudy to fair: but with us, if the owl whoops free and clear, it generally denotes fair weather; especially in winter.

If the birds which roost on trees fly early to their nest, and quit their feeding soon, it presages storms; but when the heron stands melancholy upon the sand, or the raven stalks about, it denotes only rain.

When dolphins play in a calm at sea, this is

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