Law of storms

Bromby, Charles Henry 1879 , 'Law of storms' , Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 91-95 .

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In 1874 I had the honour of reading a paper to this Society
upon the Law of Weather and Storms. I then stated that
my principal object, in the interests of our merchants and
sailors, was to induce others on land, or on ship-board, to
register observations, which, when collated with those
reported in other countries in the Southern Hemisphere,
might lead to some general and useful results. It is now
assumed that a circular storm, to use the definition of
Buchan, is simply the variation of the atmosphere attempting
"to flow in upon a central area of low pressure in an inmoving
spiral course." I stated that the rule for determining
the approach as well as direction of the storm had been in
somewhat rough and familiar language laid down by Ballot,
"If you stand with your back to the wind, the barometer
will be lower on your left hand than on your right." This,
however, only describes storms in the other hemisphere—the
W. India hurricanes, and the typhoons of China, which move
from right to left, i.e., in a direction contrary to the movements
of the hands of a watch.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bromby, Charles Henry
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records, Right Revd. Bishop Bromby, D.D.
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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