Friday, March 28, 2008

from Elementary Meteorology, 1893

(page 176)

Dr. Tripe stated to the Meteorological Society that, "On July 11, 1874, he was watching the progress of the most fearful storm he ever witnessed of hail, wind and lightning, and was looking due south, when he saw a large ball of fire rise apparently about a mile distant from behind some low houses. The ball at first rose slowly, but accelerated its pace as it ascended, so as gradually to acquire a very rapid motion. When it had risen about 45°, it started off at an acute angle towards the west, with such great rapidity as to produce the appearance of a flash of forked lightning. It made three zigzags before it entered the dark cloud."

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