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THE WAR

WEATHER WISDOM. I

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WEATHER WISDOM. I Mr. H. Helm Clayton has been one of the most zealous searchers after some general laws that would enable weather to be predicted a week or a month in advance. In an article on 'this subject he says:- "There is a seven-day period in the weather teo noticeable at times that it has embodied itself in such popular sayings as, If it rains on the first Sunday of a month, it will rain every Sunday. Setting to work to verify this theory, Mr. Clayton, a few years ago, made a series of six and seven day predictions, which corresponded very closely with the daily weather bureau forecasts. Mr. Clayton then found that a 27-day period, Corresponding to one rotation of the sun on its axis, could be distinctly observed in our weather. During this regular cycle storms were observed to follow certain courses in regular succession at intervals of six or seven days, and in some cases by half these periods. "The causes of these periodicities are not elear," says Mr. Clayton, "but the fact that they have definite and rigid lengths renders it almost certain that they are connected with some physical or astronomical period or periods. "The breaks in the six and seven day periods and the redistribution of storm tracks correspond so closely with the accepted length of the sun's revolution on its axis as to make it extremely probable that there is a connection between the two. In this case the sun may perhaps be considered in the light of a tuning fork which sets up the periodic oscillations. "I am still actively engaged in these re- searches," Mr. Clayton adds, "and hope to arrive at a point before many years when the results shall become practically useful in fore- casting.

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