Punch,  12 (1847), 183.

How to Keep a Good Meteorological Table

Jack Robinson


Letter, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:



Meteorology, Periodicals, Population

People mentioned:

René A F de Réaumur

    Complains that 'not one person out of five thousand' understands such meteorological 'riddles' as 'N.N.W.' and '63' Fahr.', and suggests using a person's clothing as a more 'intelligible' weather indicator. Gives a diary of his changes of clothing, arguing that, for example, 'Mackintosh' points to wet and 'Summer Trowsers' is the 'very best sign of "change"'. The illustration shows a male figure taking down measurements from a weather cock. His desk sits atop a small terrestrial globe suspended in space.

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