When The Wind Turns To North East

When the Wind turns to North East, and it continues two Days

without Rain, and does not turn South the third Day, nor Rain the

third Day, it is likely to continue North East for eight or nine

Days, all fair; and then to come to the South again.

IN my Opinion this and the subsequent Remarks depend entirely upon

Observations, and may serve rather to found an Hypothesis, than seem be

deduced from one. That t
e Variations of the Wind depend on certain

Causes, and may consequently be reduced to Rules, is highly probable,

and such Observations as these render it in a manner certain. But to

explore these Causes, and to explain them in such a manner as to

account for these Phaenomena in a satisfactory manner, requires not only

great Sagacity but much Experience, and many Years' Observation, which,

however, considering the great Benefits that would result to Mankind

from establishing such a THEORY, would be Time well bestowed.

WE may however easily conceive that a constant North East Wind must be

accompanied with fair Weather. For whatever the causes of Winds may be,

yet on this side the Equator, a strong and settled North East always

buoys up the Clouds and keeps them suspended. This has been long

observed by, and passes for a settled point amongst Seamen. The Reason

of it however cannot be so easily assigned, at least a satisfactory

Reason, for as to Suppositions, every fanciful Man can furnish them at


THIS, as well as the following Observations, very plainly and clearly

prove, that in this Part of the World fair Weather attends one Wind,

and wet another, but which is the Cause and which the Effect, or

whether both are not the Effects of some other Cause, I pretend not

absolutely to determine. But inasmuch as it is certainly known, that

Rains attend in other Climates those Winds that are here attended with

fair Weather, it seems more agreeable to suppose that rainy Weather is

occasioned chiefly by West Winds, because loaded with moist Vapours

from the Sea.