Punch,  47 (1864), 232.

The Weather and the Parks



Introduction; Reportage, Spoof


Meteorology, Expertise, Observatories, Periodicals

People mentioned:

George Bishop

    Presents what Punch believes to be meteorological information 'totally inaccessible to the daily or weekly journals'. This information is presented as if it were exclusive and esoteric, but is in fact quite vague and mundane. For example, 'a friend whose official position gives incalculable weight to any statement that he may make' states that it is 'a very cold day', 'a certain noble Lord' observed that the 'days would now begin to draw in', and the 'Astronomer Royal' (George B Airy) after ordering 'two dozen barometers' was only able to predict a 'wet night'.

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