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A Note About the Scrapbook` Biographical Sketch of W. T. Foster The Work of W. T. Foster, Long-Range Weather Forecaster Appendix I: Richard Mansill Appendix II: John H. Tice Appendix III: Charles H. Lillingston Appendix IV: "Herschel's" Lunar Table Appendix V: Sepharial on Sunspots Appendix VI: Jerome S. Ricard Appendix VII: Warren Fay Carothers

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For modern readers, this Scrapbook represents an absolutely unprecedented glimpse into the methods and theories of weather forecaster W. T. Foster, whose reports appeared weekly in newspapers throughout the United States from the 1880s to his death in 1924. No other forecasts by a planetary meteorologist were so widely read and their accuracy was frequently praised in their day. This collection started very modestly with a routine search for more information on the writers of nineteenth-century weather-forecasting almanacs. Probably the single article that was most influential in arousing the curiosity of the editor appeared in the Dec. 31, 1891, issue of the Herald of Grand Forks, ND, reproduced herein. Written by W. T. Foster, it mentioned, by last name only, a number of long-forgotten forecasters from whose work Foster said he had learned valid techniques. This virtually demanded further research. Who were these people and did Foster have anything else to say about them? As that question began to be answered, it became evident that Foster's column was widely disseminated over a number of years and that it was full of information about his own methods. A new question arose: What were those methods? To find the answer to this new question, an intensive search of databases was required. Thus from a humble beginning of just a single newspaper column, this collection grew to its present length as a book of more than 100 pages. There is no pretension that this is a complete collection of Foster's thinking; it is only claimed that this book contains many of his most stimulating newspaper writings. My purpose was to present, as far as possible, Foster's explanations of the HOW of his work. Thus I omitted his actual predictions in most cases in order to concentrate on his explanations of his techniques. Most people who make predictions want to keep their methods a proprietary secret and indeed Foster did not want commodities speculators to capitalize on his work (recognizing, as he did, that if changes in the weather affect the amount of crop production and therefore the prices that harvests can command, foreknowledge of weather conditions could be exploited). Nonetheless he apparently sought — through the columns he wrote and by means of correspondence courses and a series of educational pamphlets — to disseminate , with unusual frankness ("c’est gros comme une maison," as the French might say) the broad outline of his forecasting methods, if not the fine details, and this is full justification for the attention given to his theory in this book. Entries in the Foster section are organized by date of publication and are also thus organized in each of the individual appendices. When a newspaper report is about Foster, as opposed to being a column that he himself wrote, this is indicated in

brackets before the text quoted; therefore, unless otherwise indicated, quotes in the main section of the Scrapbook are from Foster's newspaper column. Throughout the main part of the book, footnotes give the sources of the Foster columns and also some explanatory information where it was deemed helpful or necessary (such as the full names of competing weather forecasters, to give one example). In certain cases, I found entire articles of interest on a personality or subject treated by Foster and it seemed cumbersome to attempt to put these into footnotes spreading over several pages. At this point the idea of creating a series of appendices was born. The appendices serve two essential purposes: 1) While, as Foster (correctly) wrote, "Prof. [C. C.] Blake, of Topeka, Kansas, is uncommunicative as to his theories," I found that in a select number of cases, such as Richard Mansill and W. F. Carothers, they lifted the veil on their methods to some degree, and since Foster stated explicitly in the same article that "I have carefully studied all these theories, have tested them by the records of the Washington weather bureau, and find some truth in each," it made sense to me to include what these persons were saying about their methods. And since Foster said "We are all followers of Prof Tice" and I found a copy of a biographical sketch and summary explanation of Tice's work by his son-in-law and partner, I could scarcely in good conscience avoid its inclusion. 2) Certainly the work of some individuals was clearly tremendously supportive of Foster's statements (the astronomer Father S. J. Ricard and Foster seemed to be in perfect agreement in their prediction results, for example, even though their methods of getting to those results were different — Ricard used sunspots to predict the weather, Foster held that sunspots and the weather were both only the effects of the planetary causes that he used in his work; in another case, it was found that the astrologer Sepharial agreed with Foster's findings that the movement of the planets creates sunspots). It seemed to me a disservice to the reader not to include the thinking of such individuals in this collection. Throughout the text, obvious typographical errors in the originals have been corrected. Evidently Foster's work was known to stock and commodity market analyst and theoretician W. D. Gann, inasmuch as the latter sold Foster's pamphlet "Sun Spots and Weather" to interested followers of his work. Just as Foster did in forecasting the weather, Gann, too, used mathematical calculations and astronomical indications in forecasting the financial markets. THE EDITOR.

Biographical Sketch of W. T. Foster

William Thomas Foster, who was without a doubt the best-known planetary meteorologist of his day, was born in Marshall, Clark County, Illinois on Jan. 17, 1840. As a child, he went to school in the winter and worked on a farm in the summer. 1 "In 1849, his parents decided to migrate to California with the gold seekers, but upon reaching Rubidoux Landing, which is now St. Joseph, Miss., and hearing of the many hardships and privations necessary before reaching California, it was decided that the mother and children would remain in Missouri and the father, Thomas Foster, would go on to California alone, where he was very successful for a short time and was supposedly murdered for his valuable claims. "The mother and children settled in Harrison county, Missouri, where the children, including the deceased W. T. Foster, were educated as far as possible in those days, W. T. Foster himself being a school teacher at the age of 20 and his wife, who survives him, being one of his pupils.2 At the outbreak of the war, on April 18, 1861, he
1 2 Foster Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce, p. 688. Foster and Nanny A. Bryant, born May 27, 1849, were married on Dec. 24, 1865, according to Foster

was mustered into the Second Missouri Cavalry, known as Merrill's Horse, as a lieutenant of that organization, the company of home guard militia of which he was an officer being taken as a unit of the Merrill's Horse. He was mustered out at Memphis, Tenn., on August 19, 1865, after more than five years of service. 3 "After holding several political offices following the war he settled into newspaper work,4 owning and editing papers in Bethany, Gallatin and Chillicothe, Missouri, and then in Albia and Creston, Iowa; then to Burlington, Iowa, as associate editor of the Hawk-eye; then to Omaha, Nebr., as editor of the Republican and afterward as associate editor of the Bee; then to St. Joseph, Missouri, as associate editor of the Herald, — which was the last newspaper editing he did, for in 1891 he left the Herald to devote his entire time to the study and research necessary toward better weather forecasts and the publishing of same. "When a boy he was interested in the signs or lore of those days relative to weatherology and being of an investigating mind, he was soon led to the positions of the moon and planets as the origin of most of these old sayings. 5 In 1879 he began writing weekly weather letters for publication and the wonderful record of one interesting as well as instructive letter a week for 2,314 weeks without missing a week was broken after issuing his letter under date of August 16, 1924.6 "In March, 1903, he moved from St. Joseph, Mo., to Washington D. C., in order that he might be able to gain access to and copy the old government meteorological records, which are so necessary in his forecasting and were not obtainable in any other way. All income from his work, outside of a meager living, and also many donations toward his work, were used in compiling these records and in research work. The largest single donation toward his research work was given by G. A. Glines, now deceased, formerly of Winnipeg, Canada, who spent $20,000 on the work after being in close touch with the work many years.7
Genealogy. "Was private, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain," according to Foster's Genealogy. Foster's Genealogy says "After the war became newspaper editor, and did editorial work on country newspapers; then on Leavenworth Times [in Kansas]..." proceeding on to list others of the newspapers above. 5 According to Foster's Genealogy, he "began lecturing on this subject in 1876." 6 Foster's Genealogy states that in 1899, at the time that book came out, "his weather bulletins are extensively published from Manitoba to Texas, and Maine to California. The basis of his calculations is that the sun, moon and planets, through magnetism, control all weather changes. He claims that his calculations are about perfected and that he will soon be ready to place before the world the greatest, most wonderful and most useful of modern discoveries." 7 About a year later, the Foster column stated: "A hundred years from now, when governments have discovered more of Foster's theories and have charted the cycles of our atmospheric changes and their planetary causes, almost perfect forecasts of great storms, temperature extremes, drouth, excessive precipitation and general cropweather will be made. Fifty years ago, when W. T. Foster first began to issue weather forecasts and explain his theories, few gave him credit and many thought fake; twenty years ago when such advanced minds as J. R. Townsend, of Los Angeles, and the late G. A. Glines, of Winnepeg, and 3 4

of the Smithsonian Institution. today. 3. identified as Mrs."On. Prof. G.. his strength was not sufficient to overcome the effects of this second shock. accepted by the world. 1924. 8." The Herald-Mail of Fairport. according to the Oregonian of Oct. 15. The latter paper noted that Foster's weather forecasts were carried by publications in Canada and England as well as in the US. While he had a most wonderful physique for a man of 84.R.] Abbott [properly Abbot]. A. 7. White. and many other advanced scientists in different parts of the world are firm in their convictions that terrestrial atmospheric changes are caused by the positions of the bodies in our solar system. Foster and his theories to give them financial support. a fraternal group. Some paragraph breaks have been added that were not in the original. 26.] "Interment was in Arlington cemetery under the auspices of the G. I expect to live to see our cause. He was apparently well on the road to recovery from the effects of this first operation when it was found that abscesses had formed that necessitated a second operation. Koester.] Ricard. F. [He passed away on Sept. p. This paper reported that he had a granddaughter in those parts. 8 The Grand Army of the Republic. for ease of reading. Oct. 1924. 1924. C. & A. Mrs. lived in Portland. 11. M. T.A. L. Foster's theories to be laws of nature. 1924. of Yale. 8 and Masonic9 organizations of which he was a member. 2. [Jerome S. His daughter. J. 1924. NY. Joseph Lodge No. I believe that the time is not far distant when some government will thoroughly investigate planetary influence and prove the majority of the late W. according to the Elk City (OR) News Democrat. of Santa Clara College. 1925. he had an acute attack of appendicitis and an operation was necessary. along with the drawing of Foster. planetary weatherology had taken a long stride ahead in the minds of free thinking scientists. 10 The quoted material. such men as Prof. 9 St. ."10 others had sufficient faith in the late W. T. [Ellsworth] Huntington. Dr. Aug. came from "Foster's Forecast" as published in The Herald of Fairport. [C. OR. Oct. M. Oct. NY. 78.

kyvl."13 +++ "The causes that will greatly increase the force of the storms of this storm period are: Venus crosses the sun's equator on the 16th. 1888. T. "The easiest method of investigating my theories is to take the dates on which the moon crosses the earth's equator which occurs about every fourteen days. Aug. location and force of the storm waves. 13 The Fort Worth [TX] Weekly Gazette. 8. and Mercury crosses the sun's equator at its greatest disturbing point on The Evening Bulletin of Maysville. For $1 the navy department will send you the nautical almanac. Meantime I hope that readers of my letters will investigate. and the prominence or force of the earthquakes. while that bureau is under the control of the war department. and by application to the weather bureau at Washington you can obtain the daily weather maps free. T. 12 They furnish the most reliable and easily understood record of what the weather has been.THE WORK OF W. moon. however. predicts severe storms from now until the 28th of this month. FOSTER. p. sun and planets. p. He bases his calculations on the fact that the earth and Mercury will pass the sun's equator and Venus its equinoctial between the 18th and 28th. and sun spots are governed by the positions of the .html and http://finance. 3 via http://kdl.verizon. Not. 1890. You will find that the greatest storms occur very close to these dates. see http://mysite. 7. auroras. 11 12 . but soon after it has passed to the agricultural bureau where it properly belongs. Foster.groups. which gives all the necessary information of the planets. the weather prophet of Burlington. Iowa. June 23. KY."11 +++ "By the records of the signal service I can prove to any well-informed fairminded person that the course. and I expect to have an opportunity of laying these facts before the weather bureau of the United States. LONG-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTER As reported in articles by and about him +++ [From an article quoting Foster:] "W. the moon crosses the earth's equator on the 19th. For sources of historical and contemporary weather 4370792/Data_001208558909/ (free Yahoo membership is required at Gannstudygroup).

. "During these disturbances the moon will pass south of the earth's equator. It will be at its greatest force on the Northeast Atlantic coast about the 9th. will all show increased activity. one on the North Atlantic. About that time the storms will be very severe all around the earth. and at its next equinoctial it will be very close to the earth. . and more in an entirely different circuit. 1890. When the earth's atmosphere is pulled south it leaves a less dense atmosphere north and permits the cold of outer space to more readily penetrate the earth. heliocentric longitude."14 +++ "I have never known Venus to pass its equinoctial. when one of them will be not far from the Gulf of Mexico. These three disturbances occurring within four days will act as does the attenuating current of the electro-dynamo machines. Oct. each of these systems revolves around the center of the oceans to which they belong. about October 9. in Eastern Europe and on the North Pacific. one on the North Pacific and one on the Indian ocean. I would advise all to keep off of the seas about that time.. . and reach the Atlantic coast about the 9th. at 30 deg.the 20th. 1890. p. and will be a very dangerous storm. The cause of these unusual 14 15 The Fort Worth [TX] Weekly Gazette. The three systems of hurricanes. The Fort Worth [TX] Weekly Gazette. will be influenced by Mercury passing the sun's equator. and while our set of storms are crossing the Mississippi valley the other three storm waves that belong to this latitude will be about the middle of the North Atlantic. "Our next storm. with cooler weather in the Northern. 3. 21. p. and will cause great activity in the earth's electric currents. 1. that it did not cause great disturbances. Aug. "Following the storm of 5th to 9th will be a cold wave the force of which will depend on the location of the tropical hurricane. This has the effect of pulling the flow tide of the earth's atmosphere from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere. I have already stated that the tropical hurricanes would increase in force from the 1st of the month to the 9th. In the extreme Northwest I expect a blizzard but I cannot say how far south it will go. cross the Mississippi valley from the 6th to 8th. The continental storms will be due to leave the Pacific coast about the 5th. 9. and at the same time crossing the earth's equator."15 +++ "Heretofore I promised to give in this letter the dates for one of the greatest storms of the year. but these tropical hurricanes are entirely distinct from the continental storms. This will be the tornado period of August.

but as he is not there will be but few sun spots."16 +++ "Venus' equinoctial on the 8th will continue to increase the force of the storms till about the 18th. 2. increasing the Sun's electrical forces. This does not change the time or direction of the storms. which in turn causes an electrical agitation throughout the solar system. rainy weather. We may not expect settled weather again till after the 25th. while the latter is more violent and frequently brings the tornado. "As before stated November will be noted for its great storms. and when they cross the north part warm. the former having a tendency to murky. . p. a dangerous storm on the Atlantic coast. 4. The Fort Worth [TX] Weekly Gazette. The influence of Venus' equinoctial covers all the first half of the month while the moon's influence covers only three or four days. causing the great storms of that period. only increasing their force. It must be remembered. Nov."17 +++ 16 17 The Fort Worth [TX] Daily Gazette. p. 13. the hurricane and the blizzard. 7. 1890. but when they cross the southern part cool. and will effect the storm immediately before and after that date. Look out for bad weather in the valley between the Alleghany and Rocky mountains from November 6th to 9th. The earth was passing the equator of Venus from the 20th to 25th. a great hurricane on the Gulf of Mexico and a blizzard in the Northwest. although Venus being very close to the earth tends to drive the storms into northern latitudes. Mercury will pass its greatest disturbing point on the 15th. that the storms do not cover the whole continent. however. Nov. Venus and Mercury being south of the earth's equator have a tendency to pull the storms south. But the influence of Mercury and and Venus on the weather differ very much. The center of this storm wave will probably pass through the border Southern states and then move toward the Northeast for the reason that the moon will have gone south of the earth's equator. fair weather is the rule for the north. This Venusion disturbance would develop sun spots were Jupiter at his disturbing point. and mercury crossing the sun's equator on the 15th will add to the force of the storms from about the 13th to the 22d. On the 8th the equator of Venus will be toward the sun. 1890. fair weather occurs in the south.disturbances are: Venus at its equinoctial on the 8th and the moon crossing the earth's equator on the 9th.

Its effects are seen principally in the increase of rains. a third one will be in central Asia and a fourth in central Europe. snows. but its principal effect is felt in the evening up process after it has disturbed the electric equilibrium by crossing the sun's equator. "We are now approaching the winding up periods of the great November storms. sleets and foggy. murky weather. turning from right by way of the front to the left.000 miles nearer the earth than when he passed his equinoctial in 1886. It will become a furious storm about the 22nd when it will be on the middle of the north Atlantic and at the same time another approaching storm will be very severe on the Pacific coast. Remember that all storm waves are whirlwinds. "THE NEXT STORM WAVE "will be due to leave the Pacific coast about the 16th. Our storm will pass through the Southern States causing cold weather north of the storm and warm weather south of it. . but in 1892 two of the greatest planets in the solar system will pass their equinoctials about the same time. the moon has again demonstrated its electric power when crossing the earth's equator."ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS. All round the earth great and destructive storms. "I believe that 1892 will be a year of the most disastrous storms experienced in recent times. A very considerable amount of snow and rain may be expected from this storm wave. In August 1892 Saturn will pass its equinoctial. "I hope that readers of my letters will study the laws of storms which they will find in my letters for without this much of the benefits to be derived from my forecasts will be lost. or about 42. From 1880 to 1884 the disturbing elements were quite active on account of Uranus being at its equinoctial. In January 1892 Jupiter will be at his equinoctial and also at perihelion. where the earth is in March. in the last storm. which occurred on the 15th. and now it is Mercury's time to again tell what it can do in disturbing the planetary family by crossing the sun's equator. The effect was felt to some extent. cross the great valley from 17th to 19th and reach the Atlantic coast about the 20th.000. where the earth is in March. The equator of Jupiter will be toward the sun and his greatest electrical force will be felt throughout the earth's orbit for six months before and after that date. hurricanes and blizzards have occurred and in them Venus has again proved the power of her equinoctial electric currents in bringing fierce storms. "A YEAR OF DISASTROUS STORMS. I do not know of a time in the past when the disturbing forces were so great as they promise to be in 1892. the center of the storm rises and the wind blows toward it.

At that time the edge of Saturn's rings will be toward the earth — the rings coincide with Saturn's equator — and cannot then be seen except through powerful telescopes. universal cause. Nov. "WEATHER AND SCIENCE NOTES. In proof of this. gravitation. which is the infinite. To generate electricity we decompose zinc which goes out through the copper wire. while Saturn is nearly as large — will be on opposite sides of the sun. These two great planets — Jupiter is 1300 times larger than the earth. magnetism. but motion. but heat is only an effect of the propulsion of this intense vibration against the air. for it is not matter. Condensations of electricity form the atom and build it into a molecule. comet. moon. I believe that there are at least five forms of matter beginning at ether of outer space. Given an adequate conductor there is no loss or expenditure in transit. The scientific world fail to find a beginning for creation and refuse to recognize more than three forms of matter. All these bodies may grow to be sure. . "In a letter from a friend in New York City it is suggested that: 'Electricity is intensified vibration. liquids and solids. etc. with their equators toward the sun and toward each other. Heat. force. hence the intenser motion of the two is called the positive and draws the negative to itself. condensations of which constitute electricity which condenses to form the gases. Creation is now in progress as much as it ever was. The electricity that is thrown off over the equator of an electro-dynamo machine will knock over small objects a hundred feel away. producing friction of its atoms.' "This theory of electricity is similar but not the same as that to which I hold. planet and sun.and its full electrical force will be felt by the sun and earth for twelve months before and after that date. their only difference being in their size. which revolve on their axes so rapidly as to cause their equators to move thousands of times more rapidly than do the equators of our most powerful electrodynamos. 22. This inconceivably intense vibratory motion produces effects so unique as to be confounded with cause. all matter is convertible into electricity. 619. life. hence the arc light and the forked lightning. solidity and their electric forces. As the zinc goes back into electricity it must continue to be matter and it is not unreasonable to believe that the zinc was originally composed of electricity.. chemical affinities. and from that one may imagine what a powerful influence our earth will encounter when it comes between the equator of two such electro-dynamos as Jupiter and Saturn. produced by the proximity of the two opposite vibratory motions. light. meteor. Vibrations can have only two general motions. 1890. Magnetism is only another effect. In one condition it is called heat."18 18 The Deseret Weekly. not a fluid. p. are all effects of this vibratory motion called electricity.

Contagious diseases among children are reported as epidemic in many places. . "[']The cause is to be found in the aphelion and perihelion of the planets. Bodies of electricity are to solid matter like bodies of water expelling the lighter while the heavier sinks into it. To illustrate: The earth and all the planets have greater diameters through their equators than through their poles. But I deny that it was ever a melted mass any more than we now see in the volcanoes. Mr.000. This planet is 44. It is usually spoken of as a pull. but this is an impossibility. 4.000 of miles nearer the sun and earth at perihelion than at aphelion. and I believe that statistics of contagions and epidemic diseases will prove the correctness of the theory. its equator.+++ [In an article mentioning Foster:] "Besides his [weather] predictions. Dec. It must be a push. is a nut for the bacteriologists to crack: — "[']We are now in the midst of the hog cholera period and the prevalence of contagious diseases among men and the lower animals. p. 16. When it is nearest the sun and earth their atmospheres expand and when farthest from the earth they contract. for example. In the one instance the waters and heavy gases of the earth are evaporated and lifted into the atmosphere and in the other they are condensed and precipitated. I have a theory as to the cause. especially of Jupiter. 1890. All the planets were originally comets and were pushed from space toward the sun's electric center. Foster sends us some interesting notes on sanitary and scientific subjects. and seeking its center are conveyed to near the earth's equator. and then the resistance of matter pushed them back toward the sun's electric belt again. The earth throws off a body of electricity over its equator and solid bodies in space are pushed into that electrical body. Here. and so they continue to vibrate each time passing a little less distance beyond the center of the sun's electric belt. These great changes in our earth and atmosphere affect the health of man and beast. The 19 The Evening Telegram of New York. Why? Astronomers say that while the earth was a heated and melted mass its rapid revolution on its axis caused it to elongate in the direction of its equator. But their momentum caused them to pass beyond the sun's equator. This is one cause of the earth's greater growth at its equator while vegetable growth furnishes another."19 +++ "WEATHER AND SCIENCE NOTES "In studying meteorology or any of the physical sciences one of the most important items is the nature of attraction.

near or far from the sun. . and electricity passing from the earth at its equator would require that other matter come to it at the equator and pass from it at the poles. but they continue to move eastward. 1890. p. causing a tidal wave. moon and planets. about 3400 miles apart. Placing an electric body on one side of matter takes or drives away the resistance or pressure of the universal matter of space. The fact that the flood-tide is 2000 miles behind the moon is good evidence for this theory. but averaging about twenty-five miles an hour. The moon's electric field with its accompanying etheric matter passes over the ocean. Organized bodies like meteors. and when 20 The Fort Worth [TX] Weekly Gazette. moons and planets have no weight toward any other body as their matter presses equally toward their own centers. These storm waves sometimes become great storms and at other times they become almost extinct. 1. All physical scientists agree that electricity passes from sun and planets over their equators and returns to them at their poles. sometimes slower. suns and comets cannot fall into each other. although they are. I know the periods of four of these storm waves and can give the dates approximately on which they will pass any meridian all around the earth. depressing it as a great weight making a trough in the ocean. I do not believe anything of the kind. The planets sink into the sun's etheric atmosphere as a log or stone sinks into water. Those bodies are electro-dynamos and throw an electric influence over their equators as do all electro-dynamo machines. the heavier the planet the nearer to the sun it sinks. This explains the tides. moons. comets. so my theory does not disagree with generally accepted scientific principles. and the resistance on the other side pushes the matter into the center of the electrical body. Dec. and after it passes on the ocean wave comes in to fill the trough and level the sea."20 +++ "A concise statement of my weather theories is this: North of latitude 30 the storm waves move entirely around the earth from west to east and never die or become disorganized. 25. sometimes faster. on an average. Another fact has much to do with these questions. The tides then are caused by a push instead of a pull. and the variation in their force is caused by the electrical influence of the sun. Whenever matter — I regard electricity as matter — moves in one direction other matter moves in the opposite direction. Scientists say that the moon's attraction pulls the waters of the ocean up. while the sun's etheric atmosphere revolving with it causes them to revolve around the sun. The age of the planets has nothing to do with their now only goes seven degrees north and south of the sun's equator and the moon only five degrees with and south of the earth's equator. These four storm waves increase and decrease in force at the same time. The circulation of electricity through them causes them to revolve on their axes. But when two organized bodies come near each other their electric fields repel each other and therefore the planets.

aphelion of the planets and apogee of the moon have opposite influence. and this electric influence of Saturn will strike Mars in May. From these influences occur all weather changes. These great planets throw an electric influence into space over their equators. Mercury will pass the sun's equator on April 2. but while these storms will be very severe. which will begin to have a light influence on the earth's electric currents. Mercury passing the sun's equator and the moon passing the earth's equator. These storm waves cause all the changes of the of these bodies pass the plane of the equator of another and consequently through its electric belt every body of the solar system is electrically disturbed thereby because they are all electrically connected. reaching that point early in January. sun spots. the earth and Mercury in succession. including the winds and their changes. Dec. the cool weather 21 22 The Fort Worth [TX] Daily Gazette. Feb. and volcanoes will become more common and increase in activity. which comes from the electric currents of the body to which they belong. while on the opposite side of the sun the great planet Jupiter will be approaching its equinoctial in a similar manner. 27. atmosphere and sun. 8. and electricity is the builder. . 1891. so that it will affect most parts of the United States. 1890. sun and planets are solid bodies and have slowly grown from atoms. This will also be a period of great earthquakes in countries where they are common. p."22 +++ "The storms of April will all be severe both from minor causes and the effects of the powerful electric currents from the equators of Jupiter and Saturn. tornadoes. The earth. auroras."21 +++ "This period of great disturbances will begin during the first part of May. Perihelion of the planets and perigee of the moon expands the earth's atmosphere. they will not compare with those that will occur later in the year and during the first part of 1892. sun and other planets at the same time. Earthquakes are caused by subterranean thunder just as it occurs among the clouds. while it is passing its equinoctial. The Wheeling [WV] Register. while Mars will be passing its equinoctial. 8. which will have passed the sun's equator March 28. thereby extending its electric influence to the sun. earthquakes and other unusual effects in the earth. The disturbance increases the force of the storms on the earth. and will directly affect the sun in October. "The principal causes of these disturbances will be the equinoxes of Saturn and Jupiter. The electric equator of Saturn will affect Venus. will materially increase the force of this first April storm. as the moving force in these storm waves is electricity. and with the continued influence of Venus.

and to secure the full benefits of these forecasts the reader must study my science notes and discussion on the beginnings of creation and the physical forces. but this does not increase the force of the storms but merely affects their location. hail. but these signs that have so much influence with certain classes of people throughout the world should not be cast aside without investigation." 23 +++ "THE MOON'S INFLUENCES "This satellite has more influence on the weather than any other body except the sun. 1891. I cannot explain all these effects of the storm waves in every letter.and cold waves. Damp weather and snow are favorable to the hunter for in dry weather the leaves make too much noise for success and snow is favorable for tracking game. A scrap book of these articles would be convenient for reference. snow. When the moon hangs on its point the hunter says he cannot hang his powder horn on its point and then is the time to hunt and when the moon at new lies on its back it indicates that the hunter can hang his shot pouch on its point and he would better not waste his time at hunting. to the same distance south and the reverse. and as it moves from about 24 degrees north of the earth's atmosphere. frosts. but the masses have been led into an error by supposing that the changes of the moon cause changes in the weather. The North American Indians also follow this sign and believe it to be a propitious sign for hunting. rain. the warm days. frontiersmen and sailors that when the moon hangs on its point much rain or snow will occur during that moon. Colorado. . I have no use for anything that has superstition for its base. so that if a storm 23 The Rocky Mountain News of Denver. When the moon and sun are on the same side of the earth the electrical influences are increased in that direction. Many of those common beliefs have some real foundation and thousands of years of experience on the part of those who are compelled to be much out of doors has taught them that with certain positions of the planets come certain changes of the weather. and when their tracks continue far to the north great drouths result. March 22. As the moon causes tides in the ocean it must also cause tides in the atmosphere. The moon lies on its back when it runs north and hangs on its point when it runs south. Why this is so they know not. "The changes of the moon occur a little more than six days apart and the regular storm waves pass over this latitude in little less than six days apart. There is also a belief among the hunters. I have investigated these crude signs and have found real causes at the bottom of some of them. all they know is the coincidence. sleet. passing over about 3300 miles of the earth's surface in about fourteen days. or about nine miles north or south and 1000 miles east in twenty-four hours the change necessarily affects the atmosphere and the weather by pulling the storms north or south.

p. and if the changes of the moon should occur at the same time it would lead to the belief that it is the changes of the moon that causes these storms of greatest force. June 15. This change makes a great difference in the tides and must necessarily make a difference in its effect on the . Fort Worth [TX} Gazette. p. If the moon crosses the earth's equator a little before a storm wave is due it will cross the earth's equator in two weeks near when a storm wave is due. 1891. "The moon is 225. the clouds which obscure our mental sight are daily thinning and I can not doubt that a glorious discovery in natural knowledge is awaiting our age. we cannot doubt that it is exerting an appointed and essential influence on every particle of matter and in every place wherein it is present. Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. and these coincidences will occur for several weeks. This has led to the belief that it is the changes of the moon that causes the storm waves.'"26 +++ "CLASSES IN METEOROLOGY.wave is due about the change of the moon the next storm wave will be due very near the next change of the moon. universal and strong as granite itself. But the coincidences will not continue long and I see no reason why changes of the moon should cause a change in the weather. "25 +++ "Forty years ago the great Faraday said: 'When we remember that the earth itself is a magnet. p. making a change of 26. . 3.719 miles from the earth at perigee and 251. Professor Proctor24 admitted that it had been fairly proven that more earthquakes occur when the moon is close to the earth because of its greater influence on the tides and if this be true it must also have greater influence on the atmosphere at the same time. then the theory must be rejected as a failure. 1891. What its great purpose is seems to be looming up in the distance before us. pervaded in every part by this mighty power.947 miles at apogee. and if these electrical laws will not explain all meteorological phenomena. The electrical theory of weather changes requires that we follow the laws of electricity and whatever is not in accord with these laws must be "I will give special instructions in meteorology to all persons who are subscribers to this paper in which my weekly letters are regularly published.228 miles about every fourteen days. It will be 24 25 26 Richard Anthony Proctor. 1. May 21. 92 http://books. Quoted in New Theories of the Great Physical Forces by Henry Raymond Rogers. Rogers is cited herein in an article later this year by Foster.

the West Indies and the Windward islands and a ship signal station between the Bermudas and the Azores we would be in possession of the means by which we could calculate the periods of hurricanes and give warning of their approach. and the expense will be so small that individuals may well afford to engage in the study alone. To understand planetary meteorology the astronomy of the solar system must be understood. If we had a correct record of the weather of the Bermudas. therefore when we have cold winters in the Mississippi valley the winters are warm in Europe. and this will cause their coming winter to be less severe than will be experience in the Mississippi valley. and warm winters ensue. and the tropical hurricanes and these control the cold waves. The astronomy taught in our schools takes the ecliptic. later and early frosts on both . A more complete knowledge of the oscillations of the North Atlantic permanent high barometer is indispensable to correct forecasts of the weather on this continent and Europe. and the expense should be shared by both. clubs and societies that desire to study or discuss planetary meteorology I will furnish diagrams once a week and give special instructions which. causing their storm centers to take northern routes. When that high barometer swings eastward our storm centers take southern routes. In order to forecast cold waves the weather bureau is looking toward the Northwest. In this matter of the oscillations of the North Atlantic high barometer. To individuals. causing our cold winters. with the letters published in this paper. I take the sun's equator as the base from which to calculate. Astronomy as taught in our schools is adapted to surveying and navigation. and the weather bureaus of the United States and Europe should give this matter careful attention. This will give to literary and scientific societies a new feature for their fall and winter meetings. where the cause of these cold waves is to be found in the opposite direction. but not to planetary meteorology. "WEATHER AND SCIENCE NOTES. and by this means the solar system and the relations of the planets to each other are much more easily understood. early springs. and at the same time that high barometer covers Southern Europe. To a less extent this effects the Northeastern states and Canada in a similar manner. A correct foreknowledge of cold and warm winters. Europe is as much interested as is North America. as the basis from which to calculate and this is like beginning the study of arithmetic in decimal fractions. or the earth's orbit. "Our cold winters are caused by the eastward oscillations of the North Atlantic permanent high barometer. Parties interested in this matter will please correspond with me.necessary for each person to have copies of my published letters. Cold waves and hurricanes are matters of great importance to the United States and should have more practical investigation by the weather bureau. This North Atlantic high barometer controls the routes of our storm centers. will enable anyone to calculate the future of the weather from the standpoint of planetary meteorology. the Azores. Such investigations are too expensive for independent meteorologists to undertake.

continents and our tropical hurricanes depends on a better knowledge of this North Atlancic [sic] permanent high barometer. however. and therefore the tests they have made have no bearing. but of important facts which make planetary meteorology a harmonious whole. but with the ignorance of those 'orthodox' scientists. So far as I know there is none but myself who understands the system of planetary meteorology I use as the basis of my calculations. because after long and careful observations they find the changes of the moon have no influence on the weather. The trouble is not with the equinoxes. and those scientists who have never given a day's study to the subject are presumptuous when they claim to have investigated that of which they are supremely ignorant. In other respects the weather record is good. In their investigations these 'orthodox' scientists have taken the 21st of March and September as the storm days. not of all the facts. . and therefore no one is competent to investigate it. for not one of them understands it. A number of them have declared that there is nothing in the claim that planets affect the weather. It is not claimed that the equinoctial theory demands a storm everywhere on the 21st of March and September. but whenever the regular storm wave is due near that date we expect the equinox to increase its force. but no one can expect to understand it in a day. I am the discoverer. but that they influence them. I have no secrets regarding my theory. but because of errors in my calculation. It is very complicated. and if I make mistakes it is not the fault of the system. Within a year the planets cause about 160 electrical disturbances. p. and as they find that the equinoctial storms do not uniformly occur on those days they conclude there is nothing in the equinox theory. The subject is equal in extent to that of law or politics or theology. We do not look for a storm on the 21st of March. July 30. It is not even claimed that these equinoxes originate storms. 1891. but in this it is seriously deficient. Of course not. 1. The difficulty with them is that they do not understand the equinoctial theory. "It is a species of supreme arrogance for 'orthodox' scientists to pretend that they have investigated planetary meteorology. Planetary meteorology makes no such claims. "It is my design to give as full information as I can on this subject through my 27 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. and find it does not hold good. who never make a discovery and know nothing outside of the theories announced hundreds of years ago when our predecessors were just emerging from the dark ages. and to group these so as to know what storm waves will be affected and to what extend is no small matter. Others again declare that they have carefully examined the equinoctial theory."27 +++ "PLANETARY METEOROLOGY.

because they know nothing about the principles upon which my forecasts are based. never were. No person must be admitted into these clubs who is not a subscriber to this paper. The centripetal and centrifugal theories are errors. I am 28 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. Sun spots are similar to our earth storms and are from the same causes.published letters. every atom of matter endowed with its own power of motion — that power is electricity as manifest in the natural magnet. not heat. icehouses. electricity the cause of magnetism. fruit-raising. "My long-range weather forecast has stood the test for a number of years and many persons. especially those interested in agriculture. Aug. Sun and planets are not. and for the same reason I would not accept any position in the weather bureau that would prevent me from freely presenting my views. Each lesson will consist of a weather map. I am prepared to give through these public letters during the fall and winter months more complete information as to planetary meteorology and will discuss electricity as the cause of motion. which go regularly to forty daily papers and a number of weeklies. magnetism and attraction identical. two astronomical illustrations and a letter of special instructions. Our storm waves move entirely around the earth and their forces are controlled by planetary positions. One kind of electricity.. subscribers to the paper can obtain these diagrams and illustrations by corresponding with me. the positive being the large and the negative the small quantity. The planets float. Each planet revolves on its axis because of its own inherent forces and around the sun because of the movements in that direction of the elements that surround the sun. and each must keep a file of my published weekly letters. coal mines. These lessons will be given to individuals or clubs at $2. I would not desire to make the officers of the national weather bureau responsible for my theories of weather changes. I have a good number of subscribers to begin with and members can begin the studies at any time in the future. . The attraction of gravitation is a push. but radiate electricity."28 +++ "I have now completed all arrangements for giving lessons in meteorology by mail. Tropical hurricanes cause our cold waves. The electric envelope of each planet determines its orbit and distance from its primary. but some of the dailies and many weeklies are not prepared to publish diagrams and illustrations which are necessary to a complete understanding of the subject. 1891. In a club of five this will cost the members only 50 cents each. The calculated revolution on their axis of most of the planets are errors because of their clouded envelopes. 13. are in favor of adding this feature to the national weather bureau. p. As before stated. Heat and light do not penetrate space. but originate and are confined to the atmosphere of the sun and planets. besides being copied into a large number of weeklies.50 for thirteen lessons. 1. etc. molten matter.

and each of these divisions should have a man at its head peculiarly fitted for the work. hot waves and frosts. One man cannot cover all the ground and give to the subject that careful study necessary to perfect the system and make it of practical utility to all interests. 2.000 annually." The Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer. till this year. Kan. "This bureau would use the information gathered by the present weather bureau. besides being a man of very considerable ability in other matters. . 13. Sept. For the last fifteen years I have published the result of my calculations in the form of weather predictions and the verification has been over 90 per cent. and I will enter into no logrolling scheme for that purpose. He is well-informed in astronomy. My choice for the department of plant life would be Prof. and the cool waves. My work is giving me a good support. C. p. "I estimate that such a bureau can be put into operation at an expense of $15. 1879. If we could know the future of the weather farmers would better know what kind of crops to plant. and would be a valuable man in that work. Ill. Blake29 of Topeka. At most there could only be a rivalry between the two systems and the public would 29 C. the changes of weather accompanying them. 1889. and I am not dissatisfied with my efforts and opportunities. 9. My system is purely astronomical.not begging the people of the United States for government support. and I have nothing to do with astrology." Dec. Feb. Should such a bureau be established I would probably be a candidate for the first place and Prof. There are three natural divisions of labor in these long-range forecasts. p. Another department would include rainfall and drouths and a third department would give special attention to plant life. would be my choice for the department of rainfall and drouth. As the year is only half out. was described in 1889 as "the most eminent weather prophet of the 'planetary' school" ("False Weather Prophets. 1889 Daily Inter-Ocean of Chicago IL. Illinois. A decade earlier a reviewer of Blake's almanac noted: "For the past two years his predictions have been remarkably correct. meteorology. 6).. 30 Richard Mansill of Rock Island. One of these departments includes the periodical storm waves that cross the continents. and have become a necessity in every family. there would be no conflict between it and the weather bureau officials. In publicity material that year. and as it would not make daily weather predictions. making estimates of the effects that coming weather will have on the growing crops of the world. Blake of Topeka. Mansill 30 of Rock Island. But there would be some advantages to the public and toward perfecting a system of long-range weather forecasts in establishing a bureau of agricultural meteorology. Kansas. Blake wrote: "For more than thirty years I have been at work calculating the weather by means of Astronomical Mathematics. I do not know what it will be this season — probably not less than 80 per cent. He is a remarkably well-informed man on these subjects. "In order to make this bureau of agricultural meteorology accountable directly to the people and prevent it from becoming a tool in the hands of cereal speculators I propose that its chief be elected biennially by the lower house of congress and that the chief appoint his clerk and two assistants. I deal only with the rigid laws of cause and effect." The Bridgeton [NJ] Evening News. Let the latter pursue their work. 26. See Appendix I herein for his theory. geology and chemistry.

But the dark ages came and crushed that truth to earth to rise again in the last years of the 19th century. 2. and is the basis of my meteorological 31 The Dallas [TX] Morning News.' That is a reassertion of the great Aristotelian truth. For the salvation of science it is just as necessary to return to the unity of force. 13. Its origin is found in the condensation of the diffused matter of space. may be traced to the mere transformation of electrical energy. we do not only lift science from the mire. 31 +++ "ELECTRICITY. and is in harmony with my views as to the physical forces. but we do for the scientific world that which the doctrine of one God did for the religious world. it is. and that declaration entitles him to be called the father of science. planets. This nebular theory like the Ptolemaic theory of astronomy. and that force is electricity. declares that 'all physical phenomena. suns and the clusters of stars. "Twenty-three hundred years ago Aristotle declared there is but one single universal force. When the clouds of the dark ages began to clear away a great mind declared a half truth in the nebular theory of creation. by these condensations. radiates to other bodies gathering more matter in space. or matter in motion. London's leading electrician. comets. "Prof. as it was to Christianity that Paul should establish the unity of spiritual force in the truth of one God. caused to converge toward these common centers in straight lines. is requiring of our astronomers. moons. This movement of that which has been called the ether of space constitutes all there is of electricity and of force. 1891. p. There is but one physical force. H. Wm.soon determine which can furnish the most valuable weather forecasts. "All Physical Phenomena Directly Traceable to this Energy. geology and meteorology. without a single exception. geologists and meteorologists constant inventions to make the nebular hypothesis and the consequent heat theory of force to hold together. and after moving through them and depositing its grosser materials. and these invented theories are becoming so numerous that the nebular theory is tottering to its fall. which for more than a century has been taken as a basis of astronomy. If we go back to the truth of one universal force. The nebular theory stands to scientific truth in about the same relation that the theory of a million gods did to true religion in the days of Christ. Preece. "As this ether of space condenses into the solid bodies as the meteors. as announced by Aristotle. Sept. .

gas for light and wood and coal for fuel. It moves the atmosphere lifts the moisture and is the force of the tornado. and they increase and decrease in force by reason of the position of the sun.kyvl. rain bolts. early fall and late spring frosts are caused by tropical hurricanes. neither light nor heat comes from the sun. More attention should be given this subject in our institutions of learning. seminaries. "Of all the subjects now attracting general attention none are of more importance than electricity. satellites and asteroids entered our solar system as comets and each will continue to grow by accumulations from the ether of space electricity till it becomes a sun and the center of a solar system. Electricity is the universal force. drouth. The moon is not a dead world. and this change alone will require a vast amount of 32 The Evening Bulletin of Maysville. heat in the earth. KY. Coal is not of vegetable origin. The high and low barometers constitute electric pairs and the currents of electricity that rise in the low come down in the high forming electric circuits. . the planets. colleges and universities. The sun is not and the earth never was a hot body. and only one or two more such men as Edison are necessary in order to usher in these important events much earlier than the masses will be prepared for them. 1891. heat. 2 via http://kdl. from the meteors to the suns. Oct. extreme cold."32 +++ "STUDY ELECTRICITY. especially in the high school. magnetism. never die. and there is certainly a very great demand for information on that subject. earthquakes. moon and planets. great storm periods and the location of storms are governed by the position of the planets. late falls. Suns and planets are caused to revolve on their axes by the electrical force we see in the natural magnet and planets and satellites revolve around their primaries because of the elements that surround and revolve with the latter. . "All storms are whirlwinds and north of latitude 30 they move entirely around the earth. The earth's diameter at its equators is greater than at its poles because of vegetable and coral growths. attraction. repulsion. volcanoes and is the life principle of the vegetable and animal kingdoms. p. gravitation. cold and warm winters. the high and low barometers. "The time is probably not far away when our railroads will be operated by electricity instead of steam. Cold waves. is the cause of light. but are effects of electrical radiations. have grown from atoms by condensations. "Electricity is destined to supersede the use of steam as a motive power. excessive heat.theories. Early springs. Every heavenly body.

and railroad men. "At this time it may be considered premature to surmise as to the ultimate source of generated electricity when we have passed the rapids of discovery through which we are now going. or the lower and denser portions of it. Studying the details of the geography of Asiatic Russia and many other countries is useful to very few. "Add to all this the fact that electricity is the force that causes all weather changes and that this force constitutes the only true basis for the science of meteorology and the argument is complete that no time should be lost in establishing electricity as one of the principal studies in our schools. but I will venture a few suggestions. must understand electricity. of the near future. "To a great extent our common schools are failures compared with what they might be. They must possess a vast amount more information than do the average graduates of our higher schools on this subject. and in a similar manner much useless time is spent on other studies that might with more profit. fuel. . We find least electricity where we find most condensed matter. "This leads up to the idea I desire to express as to the future source of electricity for use as a motive power. especially by those who are liable to be called on to work with electricity. etc. especially train crews. either electric or condensed. be given to the study of electricity and other necessary studies. I believe that all space is filled with matter. a greater demand for knowledge on the subject of electricity than has ever been dreamed of will spring up. the motive power that sends the life-blood through the arteries and veins. and the greater are the quantity and tension of electricity. In all affairs of the world young men must be prepared to take the places of the older ones. and when these ideas fully dawn upon the slowly-progressive mind of the world of man. and one-fifth of that time is used up in the study of The higher we go into the atmosphere the lighter is the matter composing it. "Electricity is certainly the life principle of the animal and vegetable kingdoms. "Its fountain head being above or outside our atmosphere. because they take up too much time in efforts to give each pupil a general instead of a special education. the sap to the vegetable cells. and when we go to sea level we find this order is reversed. we must tap that great fountain and bring our electricity from above. On an average it requires ten school years for a pupil to graduate in our public schools. and most electricity where we find least condensed matter. light.

which is only the attenuated matter of space set in motion. structure and dynamics of vibration and oscillation (or 'wave' as Russell termed it). Pond wrote in 2003. will find this to be an error. and of necessity a great discovery in the field of electricity must soon be made. and instead they will look aloft. showing that it moves from the atmosphere above to the earth below. So far as I know it has not been tested. p. August 1887. I believe that he. 300 ff."This idea is not inconsistent with the known laws of electricity.svpvril. "That Keely. "Necessity is often the propagator of discoveries as well as the mother of invention. or someone soon to take up his work. [Walter] Russell and [Nikola] Tesla knew basic natural laws and principles that we do not is a given. All scientists hold that space is positive and the earth negative. Keely33 fails to solve this mystery with his 'atomizer.' as he very significantly calls it. into electricity. those condensations being the origin of electrical force. After nineteen years of investigating their works it is obvious that the one single element they understood one way and we another is the nature. and we must discover how to resolve these into their original electricity. which is not only in accord with the suggestion that we must tap space above us for electricity but is also evidence in support of my other theory that the earth grows by condensations of electricity. to be condensations of electricity.pdf .archive. perhaps both. All electricians say that the higher strata of clouds are positive as to the next below them and these in turn are positive as to still lower strata. "Edison's theory. but when it is I believe a much greater volume and tension of electricity can be generated on top of the highest mountains than at sea-level. Keely and His Discoveries: Aerial Navigation by Clara Jessup Bloomfield (1893) http://www. "If some scheme could be devised by which to draw from the immense quantity of electricity existing in the upper . Benjamin Franklin brought down the electricity from above on the string of a kite. or in more easily understood terms. J. see "The Keely Motor Secret" by C. Great improvements have been made in the appliances for controlling and 33 John Worrell id=07MRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA300 and the same author's book. I have long believed this to be the principle of the Keely motor. All this means that the electricity comes from above. For more on the Keely motor. so far as it has been made known. http://books." http://www. while the lower clouds are positive as to the the large quantity is above and the smaller quantity in the earth. I believe the atmosphere and water. the times will soon furnish another who will take up the work where he left it and discover the secret of resolving water or atmosphere. which has not yet been perfected. . then I have another suggestion to make. is that we must either get electricity from the earth or transmit it from some great water power. Bloomfield Moore in Lippincott's Monthly and if Mr. Researcher Dale Pond notes at the site just linked that the book is a compilation of past magazine articles with key details edited out. as well as other condensed matter.

becoming a planet. coming from all points in space. If our electricians once learn that electricity is only matter in motion. . air and many solids would be exploded as we now explode gunpowder.using electricity. a moon or an asteroid. "The electrical theory holds that bodies of mater are growing in all parts of chaotic outer space by accumulations and condensations of electric ether now. and when its crust had formed its cooling interior shrank away from this outer crust. This idea contains the gist of the whole nebular theory of creation. 1891. occasionally one of them being caught by the magnetic influences of our solar system. Study electricity. which finally broke it. accidental. electricity. The nebular theory holds that the earth was a molten mass. as it existed before being condensed. On this line I firmly believe that a great discovery will be made within a few years which will revolutionize many industries and make a vast demand for those who have knowledge of the practical workings of electricity. As I believe. original force. a wrong theory has prevented progress. water. Nov. p. the one great. and that instead of transforming the matter into gases. 1."34 +++ "THE PLANET MARS "Astronomers are generally agreed that the two moons of Mars came to that planet within a few years past. "We must reverse all this and give to this force its true position which is the cause of causes. "For years I have believed that the time would come when. and this is a very strong argument in favor of the electrical theory. There are about three hundred of these small planets moving around the sun in orbits between Mars and Jupiter. while everything else in nature. light and power. they will then understand that everything is made from condensations of this electric ether and they will set about resolving matter back into electricity for use as fuel. and that these bodies come to our solar system as comets. while but little progress has been made for many years in the base of operations in generating electricity. as has been the case in all the past. it would be resolved into its original atom. Electricity has been looked upon by all 'orthodox' scientists as only incidental. and coming together formed our moon. by chemical action. and our 34 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. an effect with no permanent and prominent place in the great economy of nature. adding its atoms to the gross matter of our earth. 5. mind and matter. in all their relations and conditions are only effects. as in the case of gunpowder.

for a time. become the fifth moon of Jupiter. decreasing in velocity. and are not easily seen except when Mars is at perihelion — nearest point to the sun — and the earth at the same time between Mars and the sun. planets and moons slowly grow in outer space and are caught by our solar system as it moves constantly into new space never before occupied by it. The indisputable facts connected with the moons of Mars destroys the nebular theory. and that they came from the asteroidal belt within ten years past. for these elements move slower than the revolution of the bodies. changing its orbit so that it revolves around the sun in about seven years.astronomers believe that the two moons of Mars are identical with these small planets called asteroids. Astronomers say that our moon is losing time. These moons were discovered at the last of these conjunctions. "Unquestionably Mars received her moons from outer space and not by the breaking up of an outer crust formed by cooling and this is not only evidence. If this was the case with our moon it would rise in the west and set in the east. and this occurs only once in about nine years. "The moons of Mars are very small. earth. it is positive proof. "But when this moon came to Mars it necessarily moved with the velocity of a comet and its momentum would. when it did break away. This has occurred twice with the same comet and it will. revolving around it like one of its moons for six months. that the earth received its moon in the same manner. revolving with them. . cause the planets and moons to revolve around their primaries. said to be not more than fifty miles in diameter. "One of the moons of Mars moves around that planet in less time than it revolves for Mars to revolve on its axis. probably. relative to that planet. earth and planets. and finally. and therefore came to Mars between the last two such conjunctions. and they fairly prove this by the dates of ancient eclipses. This appears to refute the theory that the elements surrounding the sun. instead of twenty-seven as before. "Another evidence is that Jupiter in recent years caught a comet and held it. carry it around its primary with great speed. causing that moon to rise in the west and set in the east. and no doubt this rapidly moving moon of Mars will lose velocity till it is in accord with the elements that revolve around that planet. for if these moons came to that planet from outer space then it can not be successfully denied that the earth came to the sun in the same manner: and in these two little moons of our near neighbor we have incontrovertible evidence in favor of the theory that the sun. while this moon of Mars moves faster than the planet revolves.

35 . who was author. "The newly acquired moons of Mars marks an epoch in the evolutions of astronomy and is probably a catastrophe on that planet such as must have occurred on the earth causing the great epochs of its growth which probably are identical with the six periods of creation spoken of in our Bible Genesis. "Astronomers have but little to say about these newly acquired moons of Mars. "Either the acquisition of a new planet like Mercury."36 +++ "PLANETARY INFLUENCES "I have one more quotation to make from that forcible writer Dr. 36 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. p. says that within a few years past wonderful changes have taken place in the physical geography of Mars. or arms of the seas. Y. 1891. or . and they prefer to see their rounded sentences fade silently away to nothingness. The seas have changed their beds. of Astronomy in the Old Testament http://books. and great rivers. They see their long and beautiful astronomical dissertations falling into disrepute because they were builded on the sands of the nebular or the great changes that mark the geological ages of the earth and the changes of animal life that are so distinctly marked by the geological epochs of the earth. Such would be the natural consequence of acquiring a moon. of Dunkirk."Schiaparel. for they cannot account for them by the old theories. occupy new channels. that the sun and earth revolving on their axes and in their orbits thus become actually vast magnets — electric machines.35 the noted Italian astronomer. or of a moon. or the striking of the earth by a comet would cause events similar to the flood. Extending the law from the lesser or terrestrial to the grander or celestial field the inference becomes legitimate that the starry worlds whirling with inconceivable velocity in space evolve between the electrical currents in great cosmical circuits. the rising and sinking of the seas. through the action of which currents incessantly pass to and fro between those bodies. Henry Raymond Rogers. the continents have broken up. some of them disappeared. 14. 8. and this may suggest an explanation of the great catastrophes that are spoken of in the Bible and the legends that have come down from prehistoric times through all the races of men. In this manner is explained the source and mode of development of the Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli. among other texts. N. In a recent paper he says: 'It is a fundamental principle in electrical science that every movement of one body near another disturbs and puts in motion the electric currents in both bodies. Nov.

sunlight. chemical action and gravity are developed and act precisely the same at Neptune. they and all things they contain become vitalized with the power which we call gravitation. 1. Newton held to the same theory. all life. nearly three billions of miles from the sun as at the earth. Gravity is therefore a purely electrical phenomenon explainable only upon the hypotheses of the uninterrupted action of electricity in vacuous space. It is a fundamental law of electrical action that all bodies susceptible to electrical excitation become centers of attraction through the operation of the electrical circuit. Mind as well as matter is its realm and herein we have a glimpse of that grand unity which science has ever sought but never discovered. continued for thirty years to assert his conviction that such was the case. Dec. all worlds. This subtle. Rogers had published a paper entitled "A New Philosophy of the Sun. So does electricity and in view of this fact may not the gravitative force be purely electrical? "'Faraday. It annihilates space and distance. A few years earlier. in 1886. 1891. The latter taught that the ultimate particulars of matter are endowed with inherent forces or powers of attraction and repulsion. invisible entity animates and controls the whole universe of matter regardless of time. all force. "'The sun and earth become vast magnets having magnetic axes and poles and are held in their relative positions through the action of their polarities. Upon this hypothesis is rationally explained how each planet in our solar system may have identically the same relations with the sun and her sunheat. 13.universal force." in which he expounds upon the same ideas . space or distance. the former being thiry-three times farther from the sun than the latter. or spirit or soul pervades. "'Science assets that gravity acts instantaneously throughout the universe. which has puzzled philosophers for centuries. "'A mighty cosmical essence. So the sun and earth being constituents in our great terrasolar circuit. has its full and complete solution in the action of electricity in vacuous space.'"37 37 The Grank Forks [ND] Herald. A body of soft iron is thus made magnetic and retains its power of attraction during its continuance in the circuit. "'That the great gravitative force is electrical is fully demonstrable. He thus recognized in gravity the operation of a dual principle which exists in no other force than electricity. without intervention of some medium of transmission. the greatest philosopher in this field who every lived. "'The problem of the action of force at a distance. If its force was obstructed in interstellar space its operation would be impracticable. p.

hogs. However. this last period will be followed by six dull years. 1882 and id=ePI0AAAAMAAJ .' but also by other planetary influences. Hicks." Scientific Corroborations of Theosophy: A Vindication of the Secret Doctrine by A. When the foretelling of events is based upon known facts it ceases to be prophecy and becomes a scientific or mathematical calculation. In Benner's book "he noted cycles of about eleven years in the prices of corn and hogs. 122 with mining and financial panics in 1907-8. John H. 1901 http://books.' and I do not care if it does. and provisions by Samuel Benner. forecasts of the weather by calculating and reasoning from cause to effect. as verified by Prof. auroras." Benner's Prophecies of Future Ups and Downs in Prices: What years to make money on pig-iron. twenty-seven years in prices of while 1900 and 1901 have seen a repetition of the commercial facts of 1878 and 1889. and trades are affected. Hicks39. the indications of which have probably led to the recent formation of the great Metallurgie . I (1878) http://www. seems to be well demonstrated by his array of historical id=bz4MAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA82 . True prophecy cannot Mansill. that 1874 was a year of great depression in the production of iron. earthquakes. "The meteorological cycle. p. Irl R. Vol. crops. Pt. and we have no doubt that his theory in regard to sunspots. based on tables carefully prepared from statistical data. Blake.archive. let it be remarked. "These statements of facts prove that Professors or http://books. having been times of the greatest Sun-spot activity. Marques (1908) http://books. and while 1902 has been inclined to panics. and demonstrative of all the causes and laws of atmospheric phenomena. 39 The Rev. because the supreme power cannot err and without revelation from the supreme there can be no prophecy. Tice.php?query=benner's%20prophecies %20AND%20mediatype:texts . II: Meteorological Cycles (1875) http://www. corn. it is to be considered that other elements and influences may operate to cause abundance or scarcity in stock and grain Tice. these periods are all purely astronomical and they carry out the idea that . 38 . and here. Designed for Schools and Private and A New System of the maximum period of the next cycle culminated in 1905 and and twenty-seven years later we see signs of a similar crisis. and fifty-four years in depressions and panics in general business. not only by the solar 'blood . The term is a misnomer for there is no prophecy about foretelling the weather. in the same way. "The world persists in calling them 'weather prophets. Prophecy comes by revelation from the supreme power. 1898 http://books. His forecasts of the weather during the year 1875 was verified with surprising accuracy. only demonstrates that he reasons from the right cause to the right effect and proves his skill as a mathematician.+++ "WEATHER . But forecasts of the weather always contain more or less errors and the weather prophet who gives the most details in forecasting the weather and makes the least number of mistakes. author of two volumes which he published in reverse order: Elements of Meteorology. Judging now from Benner's tables. Some copies are online: 1894 http://books. author of weather almanacs. Descriptive and explanatory of all the facts. http://books. Now. and magnetic disturbances is well confirmed.archive.

170. 41 Walter H. Tice and the Science of Weather Forecasting. was the original discoverer of that upon which electrical meteorology is founded. He combated the heat theory of force and declared that electricity is the motive power of the universe. In Appendix III. Cather42 and others are not weather prophets but meteorologists.govt. He was right as to the principle storm wave periods but his theory about Vulcan is a very doubtful one. 260 and 350 were fixed disturbing points for all the planets and this was a very serious error because this is not in accord with astronomical events. Lillingston. Cather (the original. Mercury and perhaps Vulcan. February 1900. Smith. . this being one of the definitions given by Webster. p. and the United States weather bureau appropriated his Charles H.' But the term 'weather prophet' appears to have come to stay and therefore we may accept it under protest. He also believed that the four points around the sun called heliocentric longitude 80. In this he was mistaken as to all the planets except Uranus. has been corrected from "Carther"). Lillingston discusses his own work in another article from his pen. No. I want to talk about weather prophets. Venus. He was certainly in error as to Mars. No one ever heard of a prophet being called 'Professor. "Professor Tice in his new system of meteorology gave to each planet four points in its revolution around the sun at which it caused general electrical disturbances throughout the solar system.2. "Professor Tice discovered the relations of the transitory high barometer to each other and to the weather. XVIII.Lillingston40. Louis. entitled to the prefix 'Professor. 'Prophet' and 'Professor' do not belong together. "who has the reputation of being the best and most trustworthy weather prophet in Canada" Manawatu Herald of Foxton. according to a list of "Weather Almanacs and Predictions" found in Notes and Queries and Historic Magazine. the son-in-law and partner of Tice. Vol." found herein in Appendix II. He made no effort in his general forecasts to locate the storm centers but gave the dates on which he supposed the planetary equinoxes would affect the weather of the whole earth. 1892. He discovered the periods of four principle storm waves and attributed their cause to an inner mercurial planet called Vulcan. http://paperspast. perhaps because that orb rotates so slowly on its axis always keeping the same side to the earth. Page 2. 40 . "The two appellations. above. He seems never to have applied his theory of planetary influences to the moon. New Zealand.' because they are teaching a branch of learning. March 5. Jupiter and the Earth. He is the author of the article "John H. 60 http://books. "The effects of the moon on our weather was entirely unknown to Professor Tice. 42 George K.15 . "Professor Tice of St.

This clearly shows the difference between the Mansill and Tice systems. "Of all the meteorologists now dead Professor Tice deserves to be recognized as the greatest. but gave no influence to the planets. I think. Rules applicable to the first season or year of a couplet are equally applicable to the second season or year of that couplet. effect with effect. the basis of my work is the result of observation and the comparison of cause with cause. the waters and the atmosphere of the earth at all times. of Topeka. . but a long and careful study of his writings has revealed the basis of his calculations. Kansas.. Alabama. He does not wait for conjunctions or equinoxes. Blake. perhaps. follows Mansill and also includes the conduct of animals and recurring periods of weather changes as taught by Vennor. What was that discovery? Just this: that seasons and years recur in couplets and triads. moon and planets on the electric currents.. I have builded upon it — and built safely. season with season. He made allowance for the seasons. It is a mere matter of relationships.43 Prof. Cather of Ashville. I discovered one fact. and precisely so in the triads.discovery without giving him credit for it. "These are the four systems of meteorology. Of his method he said: "In brief. Louis. when it was at the same latitude and going in the same direction. "Professor Mansill of Rock Island Ill. is uncommunicative as to his theories. but calculates the influence of the sun. Vennor of Montreal. but declares that gravitation is repulsion. Smith of Canada. it will have the same effect on the weather that it had twenty-eight days before. to lay down a system of meteorology based on planetary influences. follows Prof. and while there is much truth in his system he only deals with the minor and less important influences of gravity or magnetism affected by conjunctions. He claimed that the weather is similar every twenty-eight days basing the idea on the distance of the moon north or south of the earth's equator. Tice and has not improved 43 Henry G. going north or south. "Prof. the principal idea of one being the equinoxes and the other conjunctions. perihelions and perigees as being the cause of our greatest electrical disturbances but does not recognize the influences of equinoxes. based his calculations on the effects of the moon. Such is the main superstructure of . "Prof. was the first. He takes no account of conjunctions except the doubled influence of two or more bodies when situated near each other. for he pointed out the establishment of the only true system of meteorology. He claimed that as the moon reaches the same latitude. He believes that every particle of matter and every heavenly body is impelled toward every other with an equal force at all times varied only by distance and mass. They were each based upon the two distinct electrical theories. Hicks of St. and thus increasing their attraction of gravitation or the repulsive power of the surrounding elements as he would call it.. Canada. and proving it to be a fact beyond question or dispute. He does not believe in attraction.

Mansill. Blake and Cather's systems that stand the tests of the records and with what I have been able to discover. But the public should understand that. The high barometer — that which gives us the cool wave and clearing weather — follows about 1750 miles behind the low barometer. I have taken those parts of Professors Tice. and these my work. although there is no telling what will be accomplished in the near future. there are four storm waves passing around the earth from west to east between 30 and 60 degrees of north latitude. 44 Appendix IV herein presents the "Herschel" table via Bible commentator Adam Clarke. That is usually my rule in the text of my predictions. A copy of Vennor's Almanac and Weather Record for 1878-9 is online at http://books. And I pursued my work still further until now I do not hesitate to bring my calculations to within a week. Yes. I never risk everything upon any single 24 hours. . "The average distance of these storm waves apart — from west to east — is about 3500 miles. have formed the electric system of meteorology. 8. making 45 degrees of north latitude an average center of their paths around the earth.on his old methods. Hicks also uses the Herschell theory of the effect of moon changes on the weather." The New York Times. I include nothing in this system that is not in harmony with the laws of electricity and magnetism. My mistakes are confined principally to the force and latitude of these But I soon found that the system was not bound down to a mere generality. Even in these particulars a very large percent of the forecasts are verified. p. I have not yet reached that point in my system. I have been able to designate particular days. Dec. "As I have repeatedly stated. embracing only a season or year in its entirety." 45 +++ "ELECTRO-METEOROLOGY. 45 Grand Forks [ND] Herald. Experiment evidenced that the same calculations could be made for a month. But I very seldom err as to the dates on which the storm centers and cool waves cross the continent. Lillingston follows Tice. and that. Aug. The responsibilities of these mistakes must rest upon myself and not on the system. have tested them by the records of the Washington weather bureau.44 Prof. "I have carefully studied all these theories. 25. and find some truth in each of the four systems. The fault lies with man and not with the laws of nature. there would be no errors in weather . "I have no disposition to evade the responsibility of my mistakes. 1891. too. except in special cases. with an exactness that at first appeared to be surprising. 31. "I am not able yet to avoid errors in my weather forecasts. 1881. but rather prefer to frankly state wherein the principal difficulties lie. nothing that will not bear investigation in the light of the weather records of this and all other countries. for if the system of electro-meteorology was thoroughly understood.

high and low barometers are strung around the earth like a string of beads, and all moving eastward. "We have made a success in finding the dates on which these high or low barometers, or storm waves, will pass any given meridian of longitude. That part of the system is a decided success. "It makes a very great difference in the weather as to whether a storm center passes south or north of a locality, and in locating the latitude of a storm center mistakes are sometimes made. The storm wave may be exactly on time as predicted, but if it goes by on the south, cold weather will follow, while if it goes by on the north, warm weather will follow. A few errors are unavoidable at this time in locating the latitude of the storm waves. "The most difficult matter to calculate is the force of the storm. This is very important, for the force of the storm has much to do with the character of the weather. "The electrical influences of the sun, moon and planets affect every part of the earth at the same moment, but these influences will manifest themselves in one or all of the four storm waves that are moving around the earth at about 3500 miles apart. The difficulty lies in determining which of these four storm waves will be most affected, and herein is where most of my errors occur. "It is not difficult to understand that the planetary influences are conveyed to the storm centers through the earth's electric currents, and if we fully understand the laws that govern the magnetic forces of the solar system, we would make no mistakes in forecasting the location and force of the storm centers and their influences on the weather. "In the latter part of January, I had calculated the electrical influences would largely increase the force of the storms due to cross the continent from the 25th to the 29th of January. The result, however, was that the storm wave preceding it received almost the full force of the electrical influences, causing a great storm in Western Europe at the time we expected a great storm here. "An intelligent investigation will satisfy any reasonable mind that we are very near to one of the greatest discoveries of modern times. We know the dates on which the storm waves will cross the continent, we know, approximately, how to calculate the latitude of these storm waves, we know the dates on which these storm waves will have greatest and least force, and the greatest difficulty yet to surmount is to know which of the four storm waves will be most affected by the planetary influences.

"Two thirds of the time I can succeed in rightly determining this difficult problem, but the other third is what stands in the way of complete success. I know where to look to find the key to this difficult part of the weather problem, and have clearly indicated this to my readers. I expect to discover the key and then to avoid errors. "If I make one mistake out of ten forecasts a certain class of critics will ridicule my work. Let them ridicule. I know that the system of electro-meteorology has the only true basis, and that time, I hope a comparatively short time, will vindicate it. "But readers of my work must not now expect infallible forecasts, for the system is not yet perfect. They should also remember that my own time and money, aided by fifty daily newspapers, are working out this great problem without assistance from the general government."46 +++ "I have often stated, and will repeat, that very severe storms will occur on this continent during March. Western Europe has experienced the greatest storms of the century during the past six monthc [sic], and it is almost impossible for this country not to go through the same experience during the next six months. "Even orthodox scientists have given warning of the great disturbances near at hand, because of the great sun spots and other remarkable disturbances now apparent on the sun. Spots on the sun, they declare, cause an increase in the force of our earth storms through the agency of the electrical forces. "They also declare that the perihelion of Jupiter causes a maximum of sun spots and an increase in the auroral displays. All this indicates that the men who have posed as the leaders in scientific research are being forced to acknowledge the influence of the planets on our earth, and that electricity is the medium. "But in claiming that sunspots can cause auroras and other earth disturbances, and that the perihelia of the planets cause sunspots, these great scientists wholly disregard cause and effect — disregard all the laws of electricity and magnetism. "Jupiter is now about forty millions of miles nearer the sun than it was six years ago, and if we follow the laws of electricity, that would increase the electrical forces of the sun and earth, which in turn would increase the evaporation and cloudliness on the sun, thereby preventing sunspots; therefore the perihelia of the planets cannot
46 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette, Feb. 18, 1892 (weekly edition), P. 1.

cause sunspots and the sunspots cannot cause earth disturbances. "Sun spots must necessarily be of exactly the same nature as our high barometers, and our cold waves, causing large areas of clear weather, corresponding to the large dark spots on the sun. "The faculæ, or bright spots, on the sun are the same as our low barometers where we have densely cloudy weather. Whatever causes our storm centers, our high and low barometers, our cold waves, also cause the sun spots, and I assert without fear of contradiction, that it is the equinox of Jupiter and not his perihelion that causes the increase of auroras and sun spots. "On the night of February 13, when the great aurora lighted up the northern heavens — also the region of the south pole, no doubt, although we have no news from that part of the earth — Jupiter was within two degrees of his equinox while he was fourteen degrees from his perihelion, therefore the electric tension of the sun was very great and only needed an outlet in order to shock or electrify the whole solar system. "The electrifying event occurred on the 13th, when Venus passed the earth's equator and the earth passed the equator of Mars. Anyone who has studied the nature of electrical currents in connection with revolving globes will readily see the logic in these statements. "But the difficulty in the way of orthodox scientists is that they still consider the sun as a burning body, instead of, as it really is, a body very much like the earth, with its seas, continents, mountains, valleys, clouds and storms, all affected by the very same laws and in the same manner as are the various parts of our earth. "Knowing of the approach of the equinoxes of Saturn and Jupiter, I gave warning nearly a year ago that 1892 would be a year of great storms all around the earth, and that these great disturbances would reach their maximum force in the four months from March 1 to June 30. "Since the great auroral display February 13, orthodox scientists are predicting the same increase of disturbances that I did a year ago. "Spots on the sun and storms all around the earth have been increasing for six months past at least, and they will continue to increase for at least months to come. But both sun spots and earth storms are effects of the same cause. The planets and sun electrify each other just as revolving magnets in the electro-dynamo machine affect each other.

or wind. or snow. snow."The time appears to be rapidly approaching when the electrical theory of force in the universe will take the places of the nebular and heat theories and electrometeorology dethrone the chaotic world of chance ideas that have long ruled in the weather bureau of the United States. in rotation as stated. or hail. who are much interested in the weather. Entirely too many readers. "When I expect rain. No other term will supply its place. "Readers are so forgetful."47 +++ "NATURE AND MOVEMENTS OF STORMS. and the cool wave following it will not bring a very great fall in the temperature. 1892. the reader must understand what is meant by 'storm wave. except in its center. "The discovery of the period of these storm waves and the laws that govern their movements.' "It does not necessarily imply a storm. "If the storm wave passed by to the north. which is usually very warm and partly cloudy or clear. and a cold wave with low temperatures will follow. wind or a storm. almost universally imply wind from the east. is the most important ever made in reference to meteorology. in order to understand my forecasts. and 47 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. Nothing but the tariff and silver discussions can be more generally misunderstood than the term 'storm wave. the wind will change from east by way of the south to the west. March 3. it does not portend any unusual event. The storm wave may pass centrally over any point and still the weather remain clear throughout. 16. that it is necessary to dwell on some of the most important features of weather changes. misunderstand what is meant when I specify the date on which a storm wave is due.' and still there is no way for me to avoid using it. the wind will change from east to west by way of the north. the low barometer of the storm wave fills up with clouds. "When the conditions are favorable to rain. change of wind and cool wave are sure to accompany almost every such storm wave. If the storm wave moves by to the south. but when only the term storm wave is used. It does. but it may include all of these. but the warm wave. wind changing to west and cooler. however. and therefore. . or rain. warmer weather. I say so in plain terms. p.

Warm winters surely follow when the storm paths are far to the north. etc. The low being a column of rising air draws to it the clouds and moisture that makes up the storm center. comes in. and the conditions surrounding it. and their movements cause them to jostle up against each other like [railroad] cars when the engine suddenly puts on brakes or makes a sudden start. north side or south side of the low or storm center. "The storm center is the low barometer. "These storm waves do not move in perfect circles around the geographical north pole. they are driven south by the same influences. and northwest of Hudson's bay. the weather bureau ought to make few mistakes. but it may be known by the rising temperature. which often causes no rain. or 20 degrees south of the geographical north pole. so far ahead. Herein is where the weather bureau ought to be promise of reliable. with the high barometer. June and July. There is another magnetic pole in Northern Asia. around which the . but it makes many. as will be the case next January. "The cause of these storm waves is somewhat of a mystery. The high barometer pours cool air into the rear of the low and it is often the case that rain does not occur till the high barometer comes in and the snow storms always occur after the main portion of the low has passed and as the high. and therefore I do not pretend to forecast their time nearer than twenty-four hours. whether the precipitation will occur in front. 1891. we have cool seasons as we had in May. My theory is that they are caused by a circuit of electricity rising in the low barometer and coming down in the high. for a period of several weeks. "My forecasts are for the front part of the storm wave. is called the storm wave. long-range forecasts. we have excessively hot weather and drouth. which is about 70 degrees north and 97 west. and its forecasts are of no use to farmers. small dealers in products. rear. Knowing where the storm center is. and when. coal dealers. "Cold winters occur when the paths of the storms are south. but around the magnetic north pole. which. with its cool wave. but cannot always tell. I can give the dates of the storm waves. especially if the system should be developed by government aid. These jostlings of the storm waves against each other cause them to lose or gain as much as a days' time. "When these storm waves are driven north by the influences of the moon or the planets. "These storm waves are strung around the earth in these northern latitudes like a string of beads.

. showing no care for other intelligent classes of people. "In order that they may better understand by forecasts. October 1893. and from the senseless opposition of the Weather Bureau officials toward independent planetary meteorologists. variations of the terrestrial magnetic field. http://books. 3. 706 ff. furnish the channel through which American intelligence is reached. I hope that readers will try to retain the above explanations. Vol. and his conclusions are very important to meteorology. "Professor Bigelow writes to convince scientists. XII. the faculae and .' "That is precisely the theory for which planetary meteorologists have been contending. 1892. "The Two Magnetic Fields Surrounding the Sun. therefore his language is hard and needs interpretation. the aurora. but some of them appear to pass between the two north magnetic poles. should give his discoveries to the public in our newspaper language. Men whose salaries are paid by the government should be compelled to write in the American language. on one hand. Our American newspapers use the pure American language. to terrestrial magnetism and to meteorology have been such to render it very probable that these three distinct branches of science are in reality parts of one general cosmical science. storm and storm wave. one of the weather bureau's scientific experts. He has been." Astronomy and Astrophysics. "I quote again from the same paper: 'The periodic occurrences of manifestations of energy in sun spots. Bigelow."48 +++ "Professor Frank H. Professor Bigelow was selected by the Weather Bureau to investigate this very question. p. of which our American newspapers are the classics. and therefore one who fills a public capacity at the expense of the people. and not confound the widely differing terms. but Professor Bigelow says that the magnetic forces of the sun and earth are closely related to our weather changes and auroral displays. of the National Weather Bureau. the solar corona. I infer that Professor Bigelow was expected to annihilate the theory that moon and planets have anything to do with our weather changes. He says: 'The observed facts pertaining to solar physics. No. March The tropical hurricanes appear to move almost directly toward the geographical north pole of the earth.storms of that continent probably make a semi-circle. and the fluctuations of the 48 49 The Fort Worth [TX] Gazette. has published an important paper in a leading astronomical journal49. "Many of our storm waves cross Europe and Asia. for several years.

Veeder is correct in his 27. "He has found more.68 days. "Bigelow again says: 'If the sun has a nucleus in which can reside a species of permanent magnetism having poles of direction and intensity. M. and then in regular periodic changes.51 and now by the most critical tests made with the best electrical instruments. have all indicated a fundamental system of physical forces embracing the sun and earth in its operation. which managed the United States Weather Bureau. and leaving it through the southern. but probably he is in error as to 50 Sgt.D. agreeing closely with our weather changes. if both rely on the same cause. John Park Finley of the United States Army Signal Service. the currents enter through the southern hemisphere. Professor Veeder52 gives the period as 27. Professor Bigelow makes the period of the principal one of these changes 26. Professor Bigelow has found the theory to be a true one. . it must also be surrounded by wide. "Professor Bigelow holds that these periods are caused by the sun's rotation.28 days period. "Professor Veeder's auroral period is so nearly the same as my storm period. "Dr. founder of the Siemens electronics company in Germany. and leave the earth in diagonal lines through the southern hemisphere. but their periods do not agree. electrical forces and auroras. distributed in space. 52 Major Albert Veeder. and from the same cause. He never mentions heat as a common cause. the great electrician. now entering the earth through the northern hemisphere.meteorological elements on the other. Professor Veeder claims that the aurora depends on the same cause. sweeping lines of magnetic force. such as are found upon the earth.28 days. but Professor Bigelow's period appears to be a little short. 51 Ernst Werner von Siemens. The instruments show that periodically the magnetic currents change. and that variation must destroy one or the other.28 days. This theory was promulgated by Professor Siemens.' "He then goes on to show that these magnetic lines enter the earth diagonally through the northern hemisphere. and therein he radically differs with Professor Finley. that they may safely be considered the same.' "All this means to say that sun spots. Both are eminent scientists. have magnetism as their common cause. and leave the earth through the northern hemisphere. At the end of twelve months they would be eight to ten days apart. earth storms.50 who sustains the Weather Bureau theory that heat is the cause of weather changes. and my principal storm disturbance period is 27.

common figures. "We might call this guessing at the weather. however. "It is freely admitted that no great advancement can be made till a new system is formed in which all forecasts will be based upon arithmetical calculations. "Formerly all weather forecasts were empirical. without figures. . cloudiness. There is much yet to be learned. 28. While it is somewhat in the nature of guessing. 6. humidity. rain. and a revolution is near. and easy arithmetical calculations. but it would scarcely be fair to do so. p. as has been stated by its officials. For my long 53 The Oswego Daily Palladium. but it will come to us rapidly when the old theories are out of the way. means that the weather bureau forecast officials have placed before them a chart showing what the temperature. is eminently satisfactory and I am now sure that a greater degree of perfection will be attained for long range forecasts than I thought possible a year ago. what the weather changes will be during the next twenty-four hours. and they have not endeavored to make them otherwise. 1893. has been much more tedious than was expected a year ago and for that reason I am very much behind with some of my work. Oct. and being guided by these conditions they estimate. snow and barometer readings are in every part of the United States at 8 a. the old theories are struggling along on broken crutches. "Empirical as here used. and that neither is the cause of either of the others. aurora and the storm are all effects of the same cause. That is the problem the weather bureau officials are now wrestling with. m. it is based on a knowledge of very many facts in regard to weather changes. Those of the weather bureau are empirical now. "Meteorology is making rapid progress. The progress." 53 +++ "EMPIRICAL FORECASTS. "I claim that the sun-spot.sun-spots being the cause. "For fifteen years and up to a year ago my forecasts were empirical in the same sense that the weather bureau forecasts are and have been empirical. wind directions. "The work of reducing my system of meteorology to simple rules.

'" "Resistance Levels. because mathematical principles of the highest order lie at the foundation of all things. the task has been enormous. "Some disadvantages have accompanied the change.range forecasts I had all the knowledge of weather change that they possessed and in making my forecasts that knowledge entered fully into my estimates. the most perfect ever devised by man. as electro-magnets and studied the relative magnetic effects of such magnets. to reduce my system to figures and simple arithmetical rules. I estimated what the coming weather changes would be. Faraday [quoted earlier herein by Foster] said: 'There is nothing in the Universe but mathematical points of force. "Friends of my work need have no doubts. to the following statement by W. applying them in his case to the financial markets: "Everything in existence is based on exact proportion and perfect relation. There is no such thing as chance. but the results will well repay for 54 It is interesting to see how extraordinarily similar are the last two sentences of this paragraph.54 "When completed this new system will contain. When relating to their own practices the selfish weather bureau officials call this the empirical system of weather forecasts. I will succeed. I set to work. I regarded the sun. Delays may be discouraging to some. but we are rejoicing to see how completely nature is yielding her weather secrets and how wonderfully perfect is the mechanism of the solar system. but when speaking of my work they say it is weather guessing. the influence of sun. I took magnetism as the moving force and therefore made a thorough study of that science. including charts of the solar system. "After my sons were through the schools and I thereby had assistance. and it is very important to get rid of them. everything particularly in reference to weather. moon. moon and eight major planets. earth and planets for every day in the year. There is no chance in nature. 1893. "But I had other facts upon which I relied as the causes of weather changes. taking the records of the National weather bureau as a basis. and when these figures are put together the result will be a plain and practical forecast of coming weather changes. By what name it is called matters not. including the earth. October. Gann. It is not yet complete. for it has been a success. dealing with the weather. "With all these important facts before me. D. After three years' work the system was far enough advanced to become useful and one year ago it was substituted for the old or empirical system. who also used planetary and mathematical methods of prediction. is controlled by fixed laws. because the new system was not complete. 1. "But with this system serious errors sometimes occur. . on a scale of ten above and ten below normal temperature and precipitation." p.

the waiting."55 +++ "Prof Hicks of St Louis recently made a true and pertinent statement declaring that he had never made a local forecast, never stated where the weather events predicted by him would occur. Then what good are they? All know that various weather conditions will come somewhere. Variations in annual rainfall in North America is so small that if well distributed during the crop season we would always have sufficient rainfall. People do not need to be told that it will rain, they already know that[;] the important information wanted is where it will rain in July and August; then we can know how much to depend on the corn crop. Weather forecasts that do not give localities are useless, therefore the predictions of Prof Hicks are of no value. "Hicks took up the work of that able long range weather forecast pioneer Prof Tice where the latter had laid it down with his life after devoting twenty-five years to that work. Like Moses he was not permitted to reach but from the mount saw the promised land and pointed out the way. We are all followers of Prof Tice. "But Hicks claims to be the originator of planetary meteorology, when in fact he not only appropriated but continuously fails to give credit to the discoveries made by Tice. Hicks has never added a single feature to the Tice system and therefore does not locate his forecasts. "I have learned much that is useful from Tice, Mansill, Blake, Dunne,56 Cather, etc., but nothing from Hicks."57 +++ "After careful tests a noted physician of Europe concludes that sunspots and the virulence of disease increase and decrease together and both are coincident with the increase and decrease in the earth's magnetic forces. "Prof Hazen58 proved that more rain falls at new moon than at any other time at places tested by him. But although this might be useful in long range forecasts Hazen,
55 56 The Houston [TX] Daily Post, Feb. 14, 1897, p. 16. It is unclear who this may be. Sergeant Elias B. Dunn (known as "Farmer Dunn" after the Weather Bureau was taken over by the Agriculture Department) was a noted forecaster in New York. But he was associated the Weather Bureau, whose "corporate mentality" Foster persistently criticized, and there is no indication in numerous accounts of his work that he used the planets for forecasting. 57 "Forecast of the Weather," by W. T. Foster, The San Antonio [TX] Express, June 17, 1900, p. 20. 58 Gen. William Babcock Hazen, chief officer of the United States Signal Service.

although he was one of the principal forecasters of the national weather bureau, received no encouragement from the chief. This is another proof that Moore 59 is opposed to all beyond the twenty four hours in advance forecasts. "Prof. Clayton60 of the Blue Hill Massachusetts observatory has clearly proven that the moon regularly affects the temperature and the aurora. Blue Hill is connected with Harvard University. It matters not how prominent the scientist who makes an advance toward long range forecasts he receives no encouragement from the weather bureau officials. "Prof Veeder, a college president in the Northeastern States,61 has proven the periodicity of the aurora and that these northern lights and terrestrial magnetism increase and decrease in harmony with the variations of sun spots. Other scientists have shown a relation between the aurora, the moon and the weather. Bigelow has shown a relation between the sun's rotation and the weather. All this knowledge might be put together, systematized and used as a basis for long range weather forecasts. But that might give a better system than the one now being used by the weather bureau officials and as they admit they have made no advance in twenty five years it is fair to suppose that they have become as the Medes and Persians or as the Chinese, opposed to advancement. "The salary of Chief Moore of the United States weather bureau has been increased to $5000 a year[;] total expense of that institution is not far from $100,000 annually. This will have been money well expended when the weather bureau officials adopt a system of long range forecasts. The immense record accumulations are worthless except for long range forecasts. The chief seems determined that they shall
59 60 Prof. Willis L. Moore, chief of the United States Weather Bureau. H. Helm Clayton. John Nelson, a later sunspot researcher, has written: "Many investigators of solar activity in the past have conducted extensive studies of planetary phenomena in an effort to account for the maximum and minimum of the eleven-year sunspot cycle and also the shorter period variations in sunspot numbers which take place from month to month. The results of several of these investigators appear to indicate a connection between the interrelationship of the planets and the degree of spottedness of the solar surface. The works of [Ellsworth] Huntington, Clayton, and [Fernando] Sanford, were found to be particularly applicable to the subject matter of this paper." ("Shortwave Radio Propagation Correlation with Planetary Positions," p. 26 ). Nelson, under the employ of RCA, studied the relationship of the planets to sunspots in order to predict disturbances to shortwave radio broadcasting (see articles at,9171,814720,00.html , , and ). Nelson reported his findings in the books Cosmic Patterns (1974) and The Propagation Wizard's Handbook: Coping with our occult sun and its meddlesome satellites (1978). Another article of his is online, entitled: "Planetary Position Effect on Short-wave Radio Signal Quality" . 61 Foster is in error. "After receiving his M. D., "Dr. Major Albert Veeder ... practiced medicine in Lyons, N. Y., the rest of his life." The Geographical Review, March 1917, p. 190 id=JDQSAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA190 .

remain worthless. "Prof Bigelow says the general movements of the atmosphere are downward in the vicinity of the poles after coming from the equatorial regions through the upper atmosphere. This is in accord with the the rise of Siemens, the German scientists who claimed that the atmosphere rises near the equator and moves to the vicinity of the poles not coming down in midlatitudes as held by Ferrel62 and all the weather bureau antecedents. The [illegible words] Siemens, Bigelow and others with whom I agree believe the atmosphere rolls like a hoop between the equator and the poles, while the followers of Ferrel claim there is a coming down and a second [illegible word] in the middle latitudes. The magnetic currents probably rise at the equator and go straight out into space not curving toward the poles while downward magnetic currents at the poles come from space and do not curve toward the equatorial currents. These equatorial currents are electrical and move in straight lines the same as the sunbeam, the latter being a result of electric currents from the sun. The polar currents are magnetic and move in spirals. As the electric and magnetic currents will not unite except at right angles the equatorial electric currents cannot flow with the upper air currents to the poles. This electric current is the active while the magnetic spiral is the passive. The electric current usually has its two ends in separate bodies and these may be solids, liquids or gases[;] magnetic currents most always have one end on an electric current and the other on the ether."63 +++ "PROGRESS OF SCIENCE. "The human world is beginning to recognize that the solar system, the sun, its attendant planets, their satellites, the more than 400 minor planets, the family of comets that move around the sun at one end of their orbits and around Jupiter at the other end, constitute a great electro-dynamo machine similar to those dynamos that generate electricity for street railways. "If this be a correct theory, and I believe it is, there are times when these heavenly magnets have greater effect than at other times. In the dynamo the magnets are stationary and at regular distances apart and the other magnets that revolve so as to pass close to the stationary magnets are also regularly stationed so that the electric effects are as regular as they can be made. "Not so with the heavenly electro-magnetic machine. The great planets become bunched on one side of the sun and the effects of this are unmistakable.
62 63 William Ferrel of the United States Army Signal Service. The San Antonio [TX] Express, June 24, 1900, p. 20.

that electricity is the principal cause of earthquakes in the same sense as we might call thunder and lightning skyquakes. Feb. p. and severe earthquakes in countries subject to these disturbances. 1903. If we could view them from the sun they would resemble the seven stars except that some of them would appear much larger. Mars and Uranus will be close neighbors. "In August the earth will be in line with Mercury. etc. "Mercury will come into the herd in August. The warm waves average a little less than 6 days apart and the cool waves the same. that severe storms will occur in September and October in the United States and Canada. while Saturn."Beginning with July of this year all the planets but two will be bunched on the summer side of the sun. and storm waves which. 1. moon and planets affect the earth's magnetic and electric forces. "What effect will these unusual relative positions of the planets and sun have on weather and earthquakes will be discussed in future bulletins. Seven planets will be in company in August and September. In September the sun will come into that line. "I am thoroughly convinced that the relative positions of sun. But if the descriptions of these weather waves are read separately and traced on the map it will be seen that each weather event is kept distinct from the others and that the warm and cool waves alternate. also that weather extremes will occur in July and August. following each other regularly. to them. ."64 +++ "New readers of my forecasts are sometimes confused by the cool waves. "I expect this to be a year of earthquakes and severe storms because the planets will be in position to increase the earth's electric forces. Venus and Jupiter. That is if it is warmer on the 1st it will probably be warmer again on the 4th. seem to overlap in a mixed confusion. Every warm wave is followed by a cool wave and every cool wave by a warm wave and that is the way the forecasts run. 27. "There is a shorter cycle of about 3 days as an average. earth. leaving only Neptune out. warm waves. 64 The Houston [TX] Daily Post. But as these 3-day changes are.

1906. Last August I found that law and the basis of it is the well known fact that a current of electricity develops magnetism at right angles. . For ten years I have known all causes of weather changes but the law that governs the change from one cause to another and from one earth channel to another has baffled me for fifteen years and therefore I could not prevent the occasional knock-out errors that have occurred in my forecasts. 22. Disturbances of the two equinoxes are similar but do not affect the same localities. my charted forecasts for 8 months and had made an average of about 68 per cent good. During August of this year I found the last hidden secret of weather changes. Similar events will be found to have occurred at past equinoxes of that planet which occurred 29 1/2 years ago and at equal intervals before. Six weeks of intense study and experiments brought the victory and I now have that immensely important law. "I will soon furnish the newspapers with my weather charts. I was trying to convince these scientists against their will but I saw that I must make at least 75 per cent good before they will concede the value of my discoveries and this I could not do without finding the law above referred to. The minor equinox of that planet occurred this year and the major equinox a little less than 15 years ago and before that at intervals of 29 1/2 years. an average. hurricanes and tornadoes this year is found in the equinox of Saturn. "The cause of the great earth quakes. Unbelievers in planetary meteorology might do well to investigate the matters. "At the end of July 1906 I had sent to 35 meteorological scientists."65 +++ 65 The Bridgetown [NJ] Evening News. I determined to make one last effort. small and unimportant I do not forecast them but forecast only the 3 day averages and the 6 day storm waves which are from 5 to 7 days apart. Oct. "This discovery necessitates some changes in my astronomical records and as soon as these can be made I not only expect to make the 75 per cent good forecasts but I confidently expect to convert all scientists to the cause of planetary meteorology. including 8 weather bureau professors. 2.

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com/store/commerce. 69 "Prof. Ricard is not trying to prove a theory but is trying to discover facts and therefore his investigations promise to be valuable to the human race. "Too many of our great astronomers are so fixed in bondage to old theories that they refuse to entertain new ideas. are men of the hour who are and will be of lasting benefit to our race because of their intense thought in searching out the mainsprings that underlie natural phenomena and natural law."72 +++ "An unusual event will occur Nov. In them is revealed one of the greatest and most important of modern discoveries. of San Francisco. Ricard. Foster" http://www. the British astrologer who published under the pen-name Sepharial. citizens of that wonderful country that has made the great city of San Francisco possible.. Ricard and Foster constituted what is popularly called a "mutual admiration society. California. proving that sun spots are controlled by the planets. Not so with Prof. 70 As will be seen going forward. and particularly to study the Sun Spot Chart. Nov. We will hear more about these great scientists and more about Prof Ricard's investigations of sunspots and their relation to our earth. On and near Nov. D. 72 The Cayuga Chief of Weedsport NY.71 Luther Burbank. Another researcher who said that sunspots come as the result of planetary positions was Walter Gorn Old. With him actual facts are all important stepping stones along the path of his scientific researches.70 Prof. M." See Appendix VI for Ricard's reciprocal praise of Foster's work.+++ "It is believed that the cause of sunspots and their relation to our earth weather have been found and an effort will be made to utilize these discoveries for the benefit of the human race. 18 weather disturbances will occur on all parts of the earth. 69 . he was also the most represented of all writers on W.sacredscience. in charge of the astronomical observatory in connection with Santa Clara college at Santa Clara. The cause is not the sun as generally believed by astronomers but is found to come from the changing relative positions of sun and major planets. Atkins. Gann's List of Books for Sale. W. T. Wherever the transient lows are located at that time and between This point Foster reiterated in his 1914 booklet "Sun Spots and Weather": "Note To Reader: I beg you to examine these pages carefully. 5. 1910. Very Respectfully. near San Francisco. and strong evidences tending to prove that our weather changes are caused by electro-magnetism generated by planetary movements. professor of physiology at the California Medical College and president of the San Francisco County Society of Physicians and Surgeons. p. 18. Ricard. Prof. 71 Albert J. is making a special study of sunspots and their relations to earth phenomena. 1. Dr Atkins. See Appendix V.cgi?product=GASL . D. That planetary event will cause unusually severe storms on the sun and those sun storms will be refracted to the earth. Jerome S Ricard. taking immediate effect.

sometimes comes to the earth. . 18. 1910. Nov. especially as to sunspots and their relations to our weather. facuale alone. "Among Prof. On an average the low stays three days on the coast. 17. If you will look at the U. the clear weather in and about the highs. 4. 17. 18. and will report the result. while Prof. one in North America and one in Siberia. This is an invariable fact. S. the so-called low. "The third feature is: Sometimes a solar disturbance coincides with three successive lows on this continent. Ricard is in charge of that observatory and has made some wonderful discoveries. "I have asked Father Ricard. They come through the earth's magnetic equator or through one of the four magnetic poles."73 +++ "Santa Clara College is near San Francisco and among its educational facilities is an astronomical observatory that is leading out into the domain of discovery. to watch for disturbances on the sun during these three days. 18. you will see the effects of this great disturbance. Planetary disturbances do not affect the whole of the earth's surface. p. Ricard has been looking into the nature of sunspots and their effects on our weather.the lows and highs most radical weather may be expected. Ricard's discoveries are the following: When a solar disturbance — spot alone. with small breaks or no breaks at all between the 73 The Dallas [TX] Morning News. J. "Two of these magnetic poles are located about 20 degrees south of the north geographic pole. 13. cool wave pushes forward from behind. Other observatories that have been endowed with great sums of money are discovering worlds five trillion miles away. "Second determination is this: When the solar disturbance disappears at the western limb of the sun the low or storm center is crossing over the Rockies and the high. Nov. spots and faculae combined — approach the western limb of the sun within an average of three days an atmospheric disturbance. The bad weather occurs in and about the lows. "The electric current sets up a closed circuit coming down in the low going up in the high organizing a high and low that live and die together. 19. 19. Watch the weather reports near Nov. Prof. The general direction of high and low movements is eastward. S. the California astronomer. reaches the Pacific Coast. weather maps on Nov. all of which he has published. The planetary disturbance results in a strong current of electricity which sometimes goes from the earth.

but Atkins was the author of a book. near San Francisco. He was also author of the articles "Electrical Physiology" (1903) http://www. "Fifth: Earthquakes occur somewhere along the great rift or fault lines of the earth when a solar disturbance crosses central meridian of the sun and this. J. p. is the leading sunspot observer of the world and has discovered the relation between sunspots and the weather of the Pacific Atkins and Prof. not yet published. A. I hope he will have the book published. the causes that induce their variations. 72 http://books. 1911. . the earth. our weather. During that quarter of a century Father Ricard. Feb. When the solar disturbance reaches eastern limb of sun a low reaches Pacific Coast. etc. 19. the planets. Dr. 74 75 The Dallas [TX] Morning News. 75 "Prof Luther Burbank has caught the spirit of these same physical forces in their relations to vegetable life and the world knows of his wonderful achievements. published about nine years later. is in accord with . Foster tells us no more about the contents of this book. each dealing with these same physical forces but in separate departments. 1. "Father Ricard. 11. XXIII. When the solar disturbance reaches central meridian of sun another low reaches Pacific Coast. "Fourth: A disturbance on the sun's northern hemisphere causes a weather disturbance south of latitude 37. in this order. A disturbance near the sun's equator is sure to correspond with a disturbance on our Central California coast. entitled Three Phases of Energy: The Basis of Organic Life http://books. He has written a book. that must cause a sensation in scientific circles. their relations to our sun. being director of the Astronomical and Meteorological observatory at Santa Clara. particularly in medical and "The Electrical Action of the Organs of the Human Body. vegetable and animal If the sun disturbance is on its southern hemisphere earth disturbances will appear in our great Northwest.archive. p. polarity. No. "Dr Atkins has found the relations of these physical forces to animal life and is the leading lecturer at the medical colleges of San Francisco. too. When the solar disturbance is within three days of sun's western limb the third low enters the Pacific Coast."74 +++ "For more than 25 years these bulletins have been discussing the physical forces. id=gBkCAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA72 . Vol. Luther Burbank have come into prominence as expert scientists. This is all in accord with electro-magnetism.

All truths must agree with each other and with the whole. June 16. by doing a lot of hard mathematical work on the rainfall records. 11. This Continent is too big for one meteorologist to do all the work. The Amsterdam [NY] Evening Record. p. p. and Burbank cannot disagree because electro-magnetism is the basis of their work and their four departments make one harmonious whole. to keep a sharp outlook for the spots. to first publish to the world the cause of sunspots and predict their advent as long ahead of time as the publication of the ephemerides — astronomical records — would permit. He will be 76 77 The Cayuga Chief of Weedsport. Atkins. Foster."These four investigators cover the whole domain of nature and their work is a unity. California. and below I copy an extract from Protestor Ricard's reports to the magazines and newspapers: "'This is one of the greatest triumphs of modern science. It was reserved to a prince of meteorology. April 8. T. C. Foster. I also predicted great storms all around the earth at the same time for near February 18th. He is already making good forecasts of the Pacific slope weather. conscientious. But I have not the means to support me in such an undertaking. For over 900 years sunspots have been observed.."77 +++ "In January I predicted great sun spots would organize near February 18th and requested Professor Ricard.' "Professor Ricard has traced a relation between sun spots and the weather of the Pacific slope. . W.Y. meteorological and astronomical observatory. "That method would bring immensely rich returns and save the great losses that come in the drouth years. D. N. Ricard. select four years out of which three great wheat years would be assured for those plains states. scientific investigator. and see his prophecies gloriously verified. 1911. The forecasts were abundantly verified. director of the Santa Clara. and I hope he will continue in the good work. The Carnegie millions are being used up to discover new and far away clusters of stars while no one comes to the support of the great possibilities referred to above. of Washington. include the laws of nature which are closely related to the solar system and of which our earth is an important part. and I predict for him a brilliant success in that field. 1. 1911. and I welcome Professor Ricard as a careful.. but no real observer stopped to think what might be the cause of them."76 +++ "I am confident that I could. both as to sunspots and great storms.

"79 +++ "We receive many letters from those who believe in astrology — inquiring as to astrological indications. The fact that the ancients wrote their numbers and letters in geometrical figures opened the way to his discovery of the law that rules all things. D. begin with capital letters.' he said. Gann's desire that his work be seen as scientific and his insistence on the need to make mathematical calculations in addition to using planetary indications are identical with Foster's own views. I have found in my researches that the Chinese understood all those laws and computed the coming of eclipses thousands of years before the Egyptians and Chaldeans.[']" The Anaconda [MT] Standard Jan. 1. but to make accurate predictions the great law behind it all. 1913. . 77) and insisted on the need for an adequate quantity of historical data. Some of the recent discoveries in astronomy would do credit to those scientists of the distant past but we are too selfish to give them credit for what they knew. and who was. There is nothing supernatural or weird about it. but which they purposely refrained from putting in their books. The earth was not counted as one of the gods and therefore it does not begin with a capital letter while all the planets. ". creators of life and the rulers of the destiny of man. based on immutable laws which I have discovered. his researches showed that the ancients had knowledge of natural laws of which we can scarcely dream. etc. Ninevites.. but rather as a man of science. He does not want to be regarded as a prophet or a seer. 'An astronomer can predict to the minute when a eclipse is going to occur. Babylonians. would you? Of course not. the ancient gods." 78 +++ "The ancient Egyptians. also had high esteem for the ancients.. 19. 1. He and I will work in perfect study mathematics and delve into the knowledge held by the ancients. that in a sense they were wiser than we are today. Mr. He made a fortune simply that he might have the leisure necessary for him to follow his ambition -. and these are simple. "The ancient peoples knew more about the universe than we moderns are inclined to give them credit for. Dec.. We do not profess to know anything about it. He simply makes use of mathematics based on known laws of the movements of the planets in their orbits. p. regarded the planets as gods. p. That is why astrology fails for nothing can be accurate that is not based on mathematics -. Now there is a great deal in the vibrations of the planets. Some weeks ago I read an interesting article on the failure of astrologers in their predictions regarding the war. p.. as they wanted to keep the secret for themselves. 1 Editorial section. . W. who put Foster's booklet on sunspots on his List of Books for Sale.immensely valuable to the Pacific slope and will be able to work out the Pacific slope weather more in detail than I have time to do. must enter into the calculation. Gann does not care much for money except to meet his daily needs. In making my predictions I used geometry and mathematics just as an astronomer does. like Foster. which the ancients understood. It is marvelous the knowledge that these ancients had. Gann.and so few astrologers are mathematicians. March 30. We are dealing 78 The Oswego [NY] Palladium. a Freemason. 28. 79 The Dallas [TX] Morning News. 1912. Foster also shared Gann's view that "The limit of future predictions based on exact mathematical law is only restricted by lack of knowledge of correct data on past history to work from" (The Tunnel Thru the Air. p. He found that every letter and every number was written in a geometrical angle that determined the power of its vibration. 'but you would not consider him a prophet. 1919.

If we fully understand all the laws that control the magnet and electro-magnetism we could readily understand all the workings of the universe and the effects that each particle of matter. 2. 12. These are all caused by the planets and we fully explain the matter. Jupiter is the king of the planetary system in sun spots and weather. sold by the Sacred Science Institute. The Amsterdam [NY] Evening Recorder."81 +++ "Our 'Sun Spots and Weather' pamphlet was delayed a few days. Feb. progress."80 +++ "'Sun Spots and Weather. the 11 year cycle of the earth's magnetism. moon. By it we prove that most sun spots occur when Jupiter is near 102 of sun longitude. including our dangerous storms. the place where the earth is about first of January. 1914. but is now being distributed.' is a new pamphlet just issued from this office. 8. each comet. on receipt of stamp. This will give scientists a new basis for astronomical physics and a new basis for calculating the weather years in advance. Other similar pamphlets will be published occasionally and mailed free to subscribers of newspapers that use our forecasts. both animal and vegetable. would be readily understood and the mysteries and miracles that now bewilder the human mind would all be revealed and our race would make ten-mile strides in knowledge. The old and senseless theories of 80 81 The Morning Star of Rockford. the 11 year crop period. (This pamphlet has been located in our day and is back in print. to any subscriber of the newspaper in which this bulletin is published: Address Foster's Weather Bureau. planet and sun has on every other body of matter. C. proving this statement by matching the rules with the number of sun spots for the past 165 years. The pamphlet gives experimental forecasts covering 165 years and the rules that will make better than ninety-one per cent good forecasts of the number of sun spots for all time to come. we give the causes of the variation in sunspot numbers and explain how to forecast the 11 year sun spot cycle. It is the fourth paper of the series explaining how to forecast the weather.with the laws of nature which are very simple and easily understood when we approach the study in the right manner. In this paper. Thursday. "The pamphlet will be mailed free. All investigators along those lines believe there is some relation between sun spots and our weather. p.) . number four. 1914. "Life. Washington D. Feb. happiness toward the millenium which is certainly possible if we would stick close to those lines of investigation. It is our most important paper and absolutely proves planetary influences to be a fact. IL.

heat being the cause must give way to electro-magnetism. The New Orleans [LA] Item. But Mercury."82 +++ "Next disturbance will reach Pacific coast about September 12. "The earth will be near its equinox. earth and planets failed to cause great and important weather events. Earth. 1914. Cool wave will cross Pacific slope about September 15. floods and a great variety of radical weather events. moon. When Professor Moore was Chief he 82 83 The Oswego [NY] Palladium. are of any great importance when not combined with important planetary positions. great central valleys 14 to 16. S. Saturn and Uranus will be in such positions. "We expect frosts that will do some damage in northern crop sections not far from September 7. eastern sections 17. Some very heavy rains are expected before the cool wave follows that hot wave."83 +++ "Official long range Weather forecasts based on relative positions of the sun. After a long spell of rather quiet weather this disturbance will bring on a conditions that will produce dangerous storms. neither of which alone. nor the two together. Professor Willis L. earth. eastern sections 19. relative to each other and the moon. Moore and the U. cross Pacific slope by close of 13. A great hot wave will strike this continent not far from September 12 and will be in full force by 14. The moon will be at its new and near its node. rotation of the sun. 6. as to cause great stress in the electro-magnetic forces of the solar system and the earth will be situated favorable to receiving a great force or shock. moon. eastern sections 16. great central valleys 17. . March 21. each planet being a magnet. Venus. major planets. Mars. rifts on the sun are coming. We have the weather records covering all parts of this continent from 60 to 108 years and we do not know of a single instance where similar relative positions of sun. sun spots. Weather Bureau are into a public racket about the merits of sun rifts as a basis for forecasting. But that is not important except when combined with other astronomical events. Sept. Jupiter. great central valleys 14. The magnets of a dynamo produce electric force by their motion when they pass certain relative positions and our solar system is one of the most complete and powerful electrodynamos in the universe. Warm wave will cross Pacific slope about September 12. 1914.

p. The people. which we had inferred from the fact that through the sunspots and them alone. the journal of Ricard's observatory. our forecasting processes stood on as firm a scientific foundation as they do now. 1916. we obtained the dates for the arrival of storms on the Pacific Coast. we knew. Ricard wrote (p. Mansill. Our method is to test all proposed systems by the records covering one hundred years and when we compare a system of forecasting with those records that settles the question as to merits. No. J. A. We are the only forecasters who use weather records. T. moon and major planets. Caruthers and Prof. Vol. I." published in the first volume of The Sunspot. Warren Fay Carothers. Carothers. May 3. except that Bigelow used three records. Long before he had any connection with the observatory. DeVoe. 1916. together with some discoveries of our own. and these were the very same which W. Bigelow." July 1915. "Our forecasts are worked out by the simple rules of common arithmetic. nicknamed "the weather prophet of Hackensack" (New Jersey). 5. Albert Porta. matched with positions of sun. Initially Ricard took umbrage against Porta's associating himself too closely with Ricard's work. "We regard as a very great mistake the eternal fight made by the U. 14 id=bIYmAQAAIAAJ&pg=PP118 . Blake. chief of the United States Weather Bureau from 1913 to 1934. quite independently and by a process of his own which we may never know. Advances in discoveries come principally from outside officialdom and our officials should encourage outside investigations. Foster of Washington obtained through the planets and them only."86 +++ "We are pleased to note that DeVoe87." 89 +++ 84 85 86 87 88 VII. the intimate connection existing between sunspots and planets. Ricard (as will be seen later herein) had accepted Porta as an associate. We find merit in all the proposed systems and we use parts of each. now he stands for Carothers 84 while Marvin85 is fighting all long rangers. 21): "Long before Prof. S. but by the end of Porta's life. astronomical. Ricard. http://books. Each of the other authors use astronomical records only. His fatal mistake was in using only the 27th day cycle of the sun's rotation instead of the planetary cycles. The Fairport [NY] Herald. we have adopted all the good we could find in their systems. No fair mind will claim that their forecasts are without merit. 89 The Fairport Herald. (Corrected above from "Caruthers. the masses. Porta 88 and others and after carefully testing each of their systems by the weather records covering every day back to 1820. Hicks. April 12. see Appendix Charles Frederick Marvin. on our own account. In "Scientific Pilfering. DeVoe. weather and magnetic. Moore are being recognized by the newspapers in long range forecasting.fought all long range forecasters. We have found merit in the long range weather forecasts of Tice.") For Carothers and Moore. . will eventually get the benefits of the discoveries. Porta came to this using these weather records. Weather Bureau against all long range forecasts.

"Johann Kepler's Law of Gravitation — 'Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force varying directly as the . and inversely as the square of their distances'. most wonderful and most entrancing branch of the Sciences. but all our planets and their satellites would fly off at a tangent and travel through all eternity in a straight path. until Newton's dicta was proved scientifically orthodox in the catholic assent to the Procrustean law of the revolution of the planets in our system.wikipedia. "Students of Seismology have announced that. eliminating from consideration the contraction of our earth in its cooling process. which follows:} "EDITORIAL "SIR ISAAC NEWTON'S discovery of the Attraction of Gravitation was the inevitable Evolution of his research in centripetal forces. combated each other with acrimonious discussions pro and contra the forces of attraction. Groombridge. not only our Sun.' are the imperishable enactments which control in all investigations of that most ancient. in one of the foci of which the Sun is situated. and that universal genius. for were this attraction annihilated. the establishment of the Weather Bureau. "In 1687 he published his Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica and for years thereafter scientists generally. which has been of incalculable benefit to our country. Seismology and Atmospheric Phenomena. to whose study have resulted the erection by nearly all our great universities and astronomical observatories of the most elaborate and delicate seismic annunciators. enlists under the banner of Kepler when he says 'But the strong base and building of my love Is the very center of the Earth Drawing all things to it. like that wonderful Sun.90 rushing a-muck through space at the rate of 200 miles each second. the great factor for producing 90 "Groombridge 1830 is a star in the constellation Ursa Major. and the then opaque subject of the motions of the Moon connected with the tides of the ocean. . and the first of what are known as Kepler's Three Laws — 'Every planet moves in an elliptical orbit. 1830. and astronomers in particular. and by our Government at Washington.' "Allied with Astronomy are the two co-ordinate branches. which undoubtedly is traveling in an inconceivably immense orbit around some huge central body.[Magazine editorial introducing an article by Foster." http://en. Shakespeare. Astronomy.

1910. from time to time.' "None of us in California have forgotten how terribly that announcement was verified. His predictions generally have been astonishingly verified. Mr. sent a communication to the Weather Bureau at Washington. a tornado of unusual violence would sweep the Atlantic Coast from Mexico to South Carolina. look out for something to pop.earthquakes. C. W. terrestrial convulsions would occur. Foster of Washington. confining their efforts to an individual or single line of study. and acceding to our request. is the powerful and united attraction of the planets when in conjunction or opposition with the earth. or. William A. 1892. in a lecture before The Teachers' Institute at Los Angeles. 'Then. if there is anything in this system. and before he became President of this Academy of Sciences. Venus and Mercury dropping into line and their disturbing influences being united. President of the Colegio De Belen. and others have. some from an abstract position. the equinox of Saturn would be almost exactly superimposed upon that of Jupiter. as he put it. Professor Simon Sarasola. or about September 8 of that year.. with prognostications as to weather conditions and advice as to what should be sown and planted for a successful harvest. others in a more concrete manner. and the other planets Mars. at Havana. predicted that in 1906. the Earth. Spalding and Professor Sarasola have favored us with most interesting papers upon these subjects. he prepared for us the article which we have the pleasure of presenting to the attention of our readers in this Bulletin. "On December 22.. "Of the latter class is Mr.' as he calls it. had studied the atmospheric phenomena of the Gulf of Mexico. For many years he has regularly published a Bulletin upon 'Weatherology. which is devoted more particularly for the benefit of the agriculturists. . "Mr. during many years. Cuba. who has been an investigator in Astronomy. and we remember the loss of lives. announcing that on. . "About the first of September. entered into these fields of investigation. Astro-physics and Meterology. which have been published in our Bulletins. if there were anything in the belief that their united forces of attraction were of a measurable estimate. T. Spalding. of vessels and the total destruction of the city of Galveston by the cataclysm on that date. D. who.

whether planetary or "orthodox": namely. now advanced by the writer to a theory and the Golden Rule of Planetary Weatherology is stated thus: 'Similar relative positions of Sun. as to the causes of weather changes in America must be compared with and tested by these records. 1875." The Tunnel Thru the .. Adams and other scientists of their time believed that we may know of future weather by its past and therefore. "Those records are potentially of immense value and only by their use may we know future weather more than a week in advance.scribd. whether in nature or on the stock market. to August. 1903. p. now on deposit in the U. Washington. Foster once again identifies what distinguishes his work from that of his competitors. Every effect must have an adequate cause. Earth and major planets cause similar weather. "WASHINGTON. In March.. Weather Bureau was organized and it continued and extended the weather records recommended by our early American scientists.. the use of historical data and mathematics (whatever he intended by the latter term). ". Foster. 77. W. D. including every day for more than one hundred years and a large number covering less time. S. with no other business. made at numerous places were collected and preserved by binding. Franklin. Gann: "Like causes produce like effects. Besides the work of this investigator he has paid out more than $20. Naval Observatory. must be subject to the universal law of causation and harmony."WEATHEROLOGY "By W. the writer came to Washington in order better to secure and use the weather records. he says. Moon. C. weather cannot be predicted for more than a week in advance. When a system for forecasting weather events is formulated those old and new records must be used and the forecasts mathematically worked out from their numbers. In all weather investigations the hypotheses. Jefferson. S. open to all investigators at the U. As a result we now have a number of good records. I affirm every class of phenomena. Weather Bureau. rainfall and other weather events.000 for records and experiments. 1890. or theories. S. and since the latter date whole time. About half time was given to it from December.91 "To solve this most difficult and most important problem has been the larger part of the writer's life work. "The hypothesis used. About 1840 the Smithsonian Institution gave that idea a great impetus and under its management a large number of new weather records were started in various American localities and the older records. If we wish to avert failure in speculation we must deal with causes. D. In 1871 the U.'92 91 In this very important and all-too-brief paragraph." Ticker Interview http://www. Without the use of these two elements. T. many academic and other educational institutions made careful records of temperatures. and the astronomical records of the solar system. old and new. 92 Cf. on their recommendations.

The bill offered compensation to anyone who would work out. "In December.000 copies. a practical. and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. "The theories upon which Planetary Weatherology is based are that the members of the solar system. affect each other. 1904. 30 per cent bad. 1916. Clayton two months in advance. wrote a complete set of rules for testing crop-weather forecasts in 1904. and these rules were included in the Bard Bill. H."Perfect weather forecasts never have been. Minn. S.. Approximately correct forecasts of most of the severe storms of 1917-18 were published one to six months' in advance. Officials of the U.. The forecasts were in possession of Prof.500. 1918. meteorological observatory near Boston. that these effects vary as magnets having orbital revolutions and axial rotations. or crop-weather forecasts is in determining whether the forces are better than guessing. the forecasts proved to be 70 per cent good. their effects also W-D-Gann . In midsummer of 1917 he advised to sow Winter wheat that Fall. having a circulation of about 1. H. . Tested by such rules all forecasts must fail. introduced in the Senate March 26. never will be made. that early maturing crops of 1918 would be best. and whether they will rise. Clayton tested a forecast for St. fall. Senate. Early in 1918 he predicted a severe drouth to begin about June 15. The Clayton rules for testing rainfall forecasts are similar to the rules for temperatures. to avoid planting corn and cotton for 1918. Clayton. useful system of forecasting crop-weather. Important improvements have been made since. in the predicted drouth sections. Weather Bureau opposed the bill and it was thot best not to call it up. or be stationary. These forecasts were 90 per cent good. for the Government's use. representing California in the U. A rise or fall of not more than two degrees is not considered a change. The Clayton rules required the forecaster to say whether the average of consecutive three-day temperatures will be above. Senator Bard was. Prof. thru electro-magnetism. S. the writer predicted an extensive drouth to occur during crop season of 1917 to cover the country south of the Missouri river and between the lower Mississippi river and the crest of the Rockies. The Clayton rules were used for that verification. Mass. These forecasts are published every week in many newspapers and magazines. at that time. and were published. or Spring grain early in 1918. about or below normal. to cover three months. In 1905 Prof. Some. in about same country over which the 1917 drouth extended — the 1918 drouth to continue thru the crop season of 1918. meteorologist of Blue Hill. No. 5277. "Evidently the real test of long range. made by the writer. who have pretended to investigate the writer's crop-weather forecasts formulated rules of verification requiring perfect forecasts. Paul.

Vol. Precipitation results from these operations. Very seldom more than half the planets are in electromagnetic touch with the earth on any one date. Uranus and Neptune a little more than one year each. including Earth. and South from September 22 to March 21. pp. negative. 1. the Sun being the ultimate reservoir. covering from 60 to 100 years. They are caused by the Sun as it progresses north from March 21 to September 22. The forces of the planets come to Earth thru the Moon and pass to Sun thru Mercury. The subject will furnish many years' work for scientific investigators who are strong enough to cast aside old and mistaken theories of the universe. The form of force. Relative to the Earth. or neutral. 3-5 and 22-24. are compared with these normals and new records are thus produced. Force is matter in motion and the force we are dealing with in Weatherology is attenuated matter from outer space moving inward to planets and Sun. XVIII. "All experiments and forecasts are mathematically worked out from these daily plus and minus records by comparing the positions of the Moon and planets with the records. the daily temperatures for 40 or more years are added and their sums divided by the number of years. the purpose of which is to condense and carry matter to the central body. Jupiter near 12 years. taking out of the records at least seven periods of 30 days each. is electro-magnetism. Temperature and precipitation records are made separately. Precipitation normals are similarly obtained. acting between. Normal temperatures and precipitation constitute the base lines for weather forecasts. The results give the normal temperature line for every day. "The Moon and Mercury are passive. Saturn 29 1/2 years. Part I. January 1919. They are all growing bodies. and therefore two to four of the positive planets.vary as to whether the planetary effects are reckoned from heliocentric or geocentric positions."93 93 Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. "These being the base lines. . which I call the Sun lines. I call these normals the Sun lines. the records. showing the days of the month on which the temperatures and precipitation were above or below normal. Beginning with Jan. Venus is in similar position every eight years. those above normal being written in red ink and those below in black. These facts can be demonstrated by using the weather records. Los Angeles. "Each of the planets and the Moon in relation to each other have two strong and two weak positions. "The solar system is a very great and complicated piece of machinery and above statements give only an outline of the true system of Weatherology. connected with the Moon are sufficient to give good forecasts. building them. when these solar system bodies occupied similar positions. Mars about 15 years.

Prof. 6.. the sunspots. The bases used are the moon. the planets and the moon. It would benefit my readers if they would take the 'Sunspot.. near San Francisco. therefore the only forecast of this type requiring so much work to accomplish results. the entire empirical system would only be our starting point. "There is one thing about long-range forecasting which has ever been a puzzle and it is the determined opposition it has ever met at the hands of our professional forecasters for the day that comes after today. Foster's own would seem to be a sort of combination system which is in part related and in part unrelated to most of the above."94 +++ [Article by Foster's successor(s):] "The death of W. in order that effects may be localized. how to forecast the weather long in advance. He has been longest in the field and must know what he is talking about. beyond all doubt. opposition becomes irrational: if impossible it is scientific folly to strive after it. Ricard's editorial says: "The striving to solve the greatest and in practice the most important problem of the ages and one which is quite solvable. is now ten times greater than ever before. our planetary system is an intricate network of interrelations. the sun's rotation. Prof. either reached by experiment or observation. T. the planets.+++ "Following editorial was clipped from the 'Sunspot. namely. "I may safely say that Foster's are the only long range crop weather forecasts issued that are the result of actual mathematical calculations based on scientific theory. p. the solar output of heat. one feels inclined to award the palm to Foster. To make Foster's forecast. As.' a science magazine published by Prof. . Foster and the two months of backward progress made by this bureau during his sickness left me with such added quantities of detail to be taken care of that it will be necessary that I continue to neglect many of the less important features of our forecasts . 1920. It certainly takes in the sun. Cal. 25. Cal. Ricard is the foremost advocate of forecasting the weather by observing sunspots and interpreting their effects.'' $3 a year. Aug. Practically all other independent forecasters whose work is based upon planetary meteorology use what is called the Empirical System which empirically allots certain effects to certain causes. head of the astronomical observatory of Santa Clara. each taken separately and exclusively. Were it not well for these opponents to settle once for all whether forecasting long in advance is possible or impossible? If possible. Ricard. beyond a point that would be possible by 94 The Herald of Fairport NY. Santa Clara.

"95 +++ [Article by Foster's successor(s):] "In the July issue of Sunspot. In this treatise. Weather Bureau. which at best cover little over one hundred years. a description of sunspot action must as readily be applied to principal storms on the earth. California. Ricard has described sunspot action according to my theory . 1924. p. a monthly pamphlet issued by Father Ricard. The ellipses in the quotation represent the space of about two lines of newspaper text which were obscured by black lines in the scan from which they were copied. the sun-spot specialist of Santa Clara university. with our present precipitation records. also the greater the necessary amount of work. the last 50 years of which are compiled by the U. when applied to the relative positions of sun. however. in a plain but highly scientific language. will help to explain the reversal of polarity of sunstorms in recurring consecutive cycles. 3. would be a very small minority.empirical formulas. 1926. then by applying these decisions to tables of deductions from actual meteorological records. in his November issue of The Sunspot. The flow of force between two magnets that are approaching each other is reversed when those magnets are caused to move away from each other: this law.. July 17. excepting such points as may have relation to cause. He has found that without exception when a spot 95 96 The Fairport Herald. I am convinced that the only difference between sunspots and earth storms is the source of cause. this exception. but every position that would cause a disturbance in sun's atmosphere would not cause a like disturbance in earth's atmosphere. Ricard. Forty-five years of research have held us to the conclusion that fairly accurate temperature and barometer forecasts can be made in this manner. therefore. universal laws of kindred sciences. S. Jupiter and Saturn. Relative positions of sun and planets.. Cal. we first decide according to rules established by past research work. The greater the number of these local or station meteorological records we use in making forecast. cause sunspots or sunstorms. the planetary positions that will affect the weather of the period for which forecast is being made. principally Jupiter and Saturn. Dec. University of Santa Clara. Utica Daily Press. p.. but revealed the discovery which convinced us that precipitation and drouth forecasts could not. 10. we are able to arrive at a forecast for a given locality. Santa Clara. gives a very interesting description of his method for locating storms on the earth from the position and movements of spots on the sun. 9. appears a thesis of 'Sunset Polarity' that is worthy of highest esteem and should be read and thoroughly digested by all who are really interested in electro-magnetic theories. Fr. . the greater the percentage of accuracy of the forecast."96 +++ [Article by Foster's successor(s):] "Fr.

1931. 2. the controlling center of our solar system. Our moon. The effect that inter-planetary force from outer planets has upon the earth is not the same as that caused by contact with the inner planets. p.moving southward on the sun reaches the central meridian storms reach the Pacific coast: that when a spot moving northward reaches the central meridian a counterstorm reaches the Pacific coast. 1929. Nov. 10. Experiments made in this office during the past fifty years prove that such lines of force affect the earth and its weather both where they enter the earth and on the opposite side where they leave earth. whereas contact with inner planets drains force from the earth toward the sun. moon or other planets. when contact is made with the earth. The Amsterdam [NY] Evening Recorder. 27. How can our noted meteorologists deny this evidence of planetary influence? By storm is meant an area of low barometric pressure. 27. Force moving from outer planets. that helio-centric conjunctions and oppositions of two or more planets will cause spots to form on the sun and that those spots will travel around the sun three or four times before they are dissipated: that storms on the earth travel in the same manner and have similar lives to spots on the sun."98 97 98 The Amsterdam [NY] Evening Recorder. p.28 days. having no great power of its own."97 +++ [Article by Foster's successor(s):] "All inter-planetary lines of force move toward the sun. loading up during contact. Fr. . Jan. counterstorm is an area of high barometric pressure. 5. but pass through such bodies as easily as through the air. acts as a storage battery when making planetary contact. Such lines of force are not stopped by little things like the earth. Ricard has also found that spots travel around the sun in exactly the same time that storms travel around the earth. unloading to the earth when favorable position is reached. A ray that passes through 80 inches of lead plate will be considered a weak force when instruments are invented that will record all forces that move between sun and planets. passes through the earth. Surely these points are positive evidence of planetary influence.

RICHARD MANSILL has a id=ECnOAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA105 . 99 . though they will grow better in 188S and 1884. will occur in some portion of the globe. their conjunctions with each other and the time of their positions nearest to and most remote from the sun are established. promises to be very annoying. earthquakes. agitations. 3. or what not. and that if it was properly understood the scientist would be able to tell the correctness or incorrectness of any scientific proposition that might be set before him. Mansill thinks he has developed a new system of natural science. 1872. Mercury he considers a persistent worker of mischief among us. 1874. Vesuvius. moving along in its orbit. The first time this occurred.. of Rock Island. At first sight there appears to be a suggestion of unfairness about this. length of time. contributes to the Chicago Journal an extended scientific article on the recent auroral displays and other disturbances. The transit of Venus in December. simply by knowing the amount of motion that matter of a certain density could produce in a certain. Dec. 1874. He indulges in this theory to the extent of issuing an annual Almanac of Planetary Meteorology. proven by meteorological facts. In 1879."99 +++ [Article about Mansill's work:] "MR.Appendix I Richard Mansill (from articles about him) +++ [Article about Mansill's work:] "Richard Mansill. he prophesies. comes in a line with the sun. just as Mansill prediced seven years in advance: http://en. He undertakes to establish a planetary law or cause for the principal meteoric disturbances occurring upon the earth. extremes of heat or cold. Mr. It is quite probable that some agitation or Brooklyn Daily Eagle. when the perihelion and aphelion passages occur. The theory is that when a planet.100 This almanac is compiled for no particular part. and. will be an irregular year for . will begin a series of poor crops in Ireland and other portions of Northern Europe. producing earthquakes and other disturbances at the passages of its perihelion and aphelion. together with some prophecies. in 1631. 100 The 1897 edition of Mansill's Almanac of Planetary Meteorology: Almanac Makers' and Weather Forecasters' Guide and New System of Science is online http://books. says the scientist. previously quiet for a century. began a violent eruption. Ill. The planets appear to be the causes of our literal earthly ills. the earth or any other planet.wikipedia. It may be noted that famine came to Ireland. The movements of the planets. but for the whole globe.

and the longitudinal conjunctions of the planets. moon. producing earthquakes. the perigees and apogees of the moon. At these times. 520. and it is in these unfortunate positions much oftener than any other planet. sun. electric (ground) currents. and they go through a change of volume. 103 English Mechanic and World of Science.101 Yesterday the planet Mercury was in conjunction with the moon. are produced at these periods. 1882. owing to the malign influence of this vicious little planet. . 1879 p. density. filled with merciless ice. Perihelion and aphelion passages are said to be the primary base of nearly all meteorological disturbances." 102 +++ [Mansill quoted. and tomorrow it will be in perihelion. speaking of Mercury. prevails generally. summarizing his theory. violent hurricanes. the oppositions of the principal planets. heavy. tornadoes. It is claimed that these disturbances are caused by the reversible change of electric currents passing between the sun and planets and the interruption of these currents where conjunctions occur. and promising rainy and stormy weather in that direction. p. and moon. "Mercury appears to be the champion mischief-maker in our planetary system. regulating their densities. particularly the inferior and superior conjunctions of Venus and Mercury. to add to our own already booming and riotous river. Stormy weather. Aug. In the Ohio Valley we have a rapidly swelling river. persistent rains and a slowly moving area of low barometer passing eastward. or currents that undulate between all bodies of matter. with rain and snow areas. Jan. planetary meteorologists should decide. 1. planets. &c. and through these electric currents the sun. 2. most of the melancholy tragedies on this earth take place. also at the times of the occurrence of interruptions of these electric currents by planetary conjunctions. It appears to be no hard matter to hunt up some meteoric data somewhere at specified times. and motion at about the times of their perihelion and aphelion passages. &c. but probably will not. and triumphantly hitch it to some assumed planetary cause as a natural result. and planets are convulsed and agitated at those times. May 20. and the first notice of the discovery was published in the winter of 1868—9. was discovered in 1866. already above the danger line. and distances from each other. in a magazine article about him:] "The planets are governed by an UNIVERSAL RECIPROCATING (electric) force. volumes. bringing. The reciprocation of electric currents existing between the earth. Earthquakes. 4. At this writing we are having a January thaw. Whether Mercury is responsible for this.meteoric disturbance occurs upon some portion of the globe at all times. adds this clarification: "It is comparatively well behaved. except when in aphelion or perihelion. unprecedented destruction in its resistless course down the rapid current. perhaps. 16. volcanic eruptions. 102 The Cincinnati [OH] Commercial Tribune. The Signal Service and the telegraph put this beyond doubt."103 101 Another article about Mansill. p. motions." The Worcester [MA] Daily Spy. he says. tornadoes. &c. auroral displays. 1877.

Mercury in a longitudinal line with Neptune. 26th."104 104 The News Bulletin Auburnian of Auburn NY. 26th. "23d — Tuesday. June 8. it is in ascending node 19th. he concludes that the principal 'planetary storms' this month will occur as follows: "6th and 7th — Saturday and Sunday. 7th. in a like line with Saturn. "10th to 18th — Wednesday to Saturday. Venus in perihelion. 23d.+++ [A Mansill forecast. "26th to 28th — Friday to Sunday. quoted within a newspaper account:] "For June.['] Apparently from this. and in perihelion. he finds 'Venus in conjunction with Saturn. . "17th to 20th — Wednesday to Saturday. 1885. 20th.

he would walk the twenty miles to purchase some greatly desired volume. "His mother. Believing that the ministry was the next best thing to an agricultural life. he would spend the greater part of the night with his books. and make his way thence to the kitchen. p. climb out of his window to a shed roof and drop to the ground. which he had gathered for the purpose. the future meteorologist began to show signs of a precocious intellect. in early boyhood. Vol. to procure books. Very early in life. which he ardently desired his son to follow. when he was about eighteen years of age. that he was able to lay the foundation for that liberal and comprehensive education which afterward stood him in good stead. As often as he could secure money enough. by doing odd jobs. V. did not share her husband's prejudices. aided by a robust constitution. 6. As he grew older he met with less opposition from his father. TICE "AND THE SCIENCE OF WEATHER FORECASTING. No. in fact. . his habit was to rise after the rest of the family were asleep.Appendix II John H. as it happened. twenty miles distant. Tice (article about him)105 "JOHN H. Tice believed that education beyond the mere rudiments was fatal to success in agricultural pursuits. tallow and vitality in useless study. refused to be so easily quenched. As a further check to his ambition. and so strong a desire for knowledge that his father became alarmed and took steps to check his rapidly developing desire for a higher and broader education. Lillingston. by the light of pine knots. most of which were such as could be borrowed from the people in the neighborhood. who permitted him to go to Hagerstown. however. he was required by paternal authority to retire early and not waste time. Aware of the boy's ambitions. 105 From The American Illustrated Methodist Magazine. Pennsylvania. His thirst for knowledge. H. and every effort was made to keep his education within the limits of the primary branches. but it was through his own determined efforts. she as far as possible encouraged him in his struggles for intellectual development. While the son retired obediently to bed. his father began to realize that further opposition was hopeless. Maryland. The boy's school days were limited to three months in the village school at McConnellsburg. "By C. he sent him to study with a Congregational minister. "LIKE too many farmers of his time — and the notion is not yet altogether extinct — the father of John H. where. In 1827. August 1901. 529.

he soon lost. to retire. During his superintendency. But the ministry was not to his taste. Louis he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. and was well-versed in entomology. His outspoken Free Soil sentiments led to his becoming editor of the Daily Missourian. because he steadily refused to be a tool of the schoolbook rings. and then served for one term as county poor commissioner. in mercantile pursuits. although a generation ago they had only ridicule for them. Fielding Lewis). Benton. For the next two years his life was a hard struggle against poverty. he was graciously permitted by that body to teach for one year in the public schools. sister of the first President of the United States. indeed. Then for a time he was editor of the St. Louis. Financially. and then served as superintendent of schools for several years. "Tice was thoroughly versed in French. Here he taught school in the winter. after which he engaged for a year or two. At the age of twenty-eight he married Miss Marion G. he organized. an office which he held for four years. While living in Tuscumbia. but without success. 'From my earliest childhood. for want of support. and his work and methods were copied in Boston and other eastern centers. a position which he held until the paper failed in 1847. which. For a time after moving to St. and after studying one year he entered a store as clerk at Hagerstown. Louis school board. chemistry and astronomy. whence. to whom the young student became strongly attached. Alabama. Louis. Mrs. he was always a decided failure. Possessed of an unselfish and genial disposition. and Davenport but a small village. Lewis. In the realm of meteorology Tice was a pioneer. all of which languages he spoke fluently. to discover the laws which govern atmospheric changes. Eastern Iowa was then on the border of civilization. until he moved with his family to St. in connection with Senator Thomas H. 'I was forcibly impressed with the grandeur of nature as seen in clouds. While engaged in his various occupations. namely.' he says in one of his books. he never forgot the great aim of his life. after several years. Louis Democrat. "In 1841 he moved to Davenport. however. in all of which branches he was absolutely self-taught. till he was forced. Scientific men are now adopting his ideas and claiming his discoveries as their own. Tice accumulated a competence. and gave to the world a new system and much fresh scientific knowledge. Iowa. the present school system of St. His love for the study of meteorology was a part of his nature. German and Spanish. receiving a mere pittance. and was familiar with the classics. In 1860 he was elected county school commissioner. Tice was an estimable woman. in opposition to the will of the people. a greatgranddaughter of Elizabeth Washington (Mrs. About 1848 he became first secretary of the St.a man of intelligence and character. After being "turned down" by the school board. While superintendent he became known to the leading educators of the country. she commanded the esteem and love of all who knew her. where he resided till his death. He was distinguished as a botanist. storms and . which took place in 1883. to commence life anew. he removed to Tuscumbia.

In 1876 was issued his 'Almanac for 1877.' which may be briefly described as follows: "First. earthquakes. when at the other. He named the system upon which these predictions were based. When two or more planets are at or near a disturbing point at the same time. the cause of disturbed conditions at these points is due to the fact that when a planet is at one of these.' an exposition of his theories as based upon his discoveries. changes in weather conditions must necessarily occur in cycles. tornadoes. of all disturbances on the earth. hurricanes and the like. it receives the full force of the sun's magnetic power. do not. tornadoes. the influence of the sun's electric force. My parents told me God was the cause.' "After years of patient investigation he made. and in November of the same year daily international weather bulletins were published in Paris. transmitted to the earth in the shape of auroras. the secondary cause of disturbed conditions is electricity or magnetism. etc. Not being entirely satisfied with this. hence. varying in length in proportion to the length of each planet's revolution. however. or regular periods.' which was continued as an annual for the remainder of his life. the severity of the disturbance is greatly increased. according to this theory. 'The Elements of Meteorology. about 1865. "Secondly. "Thirdly. when I grew older I determined to make the solving of the weather problem the work of my life.' or the science of long-time weather prediction. The first effects of disturbed conditions are seen in sun-spots. giving weather forecasts for each day in the year. I wished to know how and why He caused them. Sun-spots are disturbed conditions in the sun's atmosphere. the 'Electro-Planetary Theory of Meteorology. and sunspots the more immediate cause. these points being the equinoctial and solstitial points. Before reaching the age of four I inquired for the cause of thunderstorms. The equinoxes and solstices of the planets are the prime cause. there are four points on the orbit of every planet which cannot be passed without causing disturbed conditions on the earth and in its atmosphere. the peculiar nature of the disturbance being caused by the positions held by each planet. In 1870 the United States Signal Service was . Planetary occurrences.other phenomena. and the particular planets which are in position. affect the earth or other planets directly. through the never-ceasing flow of electricity. discoveries which he thought justified him in formulating and publishing his system of 'Meteorognosy. atmospheric or telluric phenomena being subject to planetary occurrence. Not being able to learn the why and wherefore. The effect is first felt upon the sun and is thence transmitted to the whole family of worlds. In 1875 he published his first book. "As early as 1862 storm warnings were sent to English ports by the London Board of Trade.

which were discovered by Tice nearly forty years ago. stating 106 Brig. General Meyers. None of these predictions are based upon any fundamental law of nature. Soon after making the discovery he called the attention of General Meyers [sic]106. . Very little progress.archive. so far as long-time forecasts are concerned. 107 In 1872. from 1870-1880. Albert James Myer (not Meyers) was the founder and head of the United States Army Signal Corps (which preceded the Weather Bureau) from 1867 to his death in 1880 and was the first director of the Weather Bureau. and are still continued. Mineralogically and Aesthetically Described was published http://www. and weather predictions for twenty-four hours in advance were made and published. These laws. which direction is at rightangles to the normal course of high barometers. a subordinate replied that an examination of the records showed that a low barometer did pass northwest. Kansas. The writer added that it was ridiculous to suppose that a low barometer on the coast of Florida could exert such influence as to drive a high barometer out of its normal course at a point so far distant as the mountains of Colorado. Gen. I requested as a favor that they look and see whether a low barometer was on that day over the eastern part of the Gulf. and hence retorted with a demonstration of the correctness of my until Tice noted the fact in 1873. Tice's book Over the Plains. General Meyers being absent in Europe. Tice not only discovered the causes for the everalternating high and low barometers. along the Atlantic. They are purely the result of observation. Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. then chief of the Weather Bureau. a year earlier. and that the low attract each other and repel the high. 1873. upon his return from Europe acknowledged the receipt of the map and accompanying letter. on August 2. has been made in thirty years. except that predictions are now made for thirty-six hours. being southeast of Florida and Georgia on the days — the second and third—named. however.php?query=over%20the%20plains%20tice . How it was received at the Weather Office is best told in his own words: 'Being in the mountains of Colorado.established. Agriculturally. to it. formed under his design. or coast of the South Atlantic states. "What causes the high and low barometers. made for the purpose of learning the positions and movements of the high and low barometers. I observed. the predictions being made in accordance with these positions and movements. drawn from their own observations as mapped in their monthly review. are fundamental principles of nature. On the Mountains. and concluded by lecturing me on the beauties and canons of the undulatory theory. I felt somewhat 'miffed' at the tone of the missive. but he learned the reason for their peculiar movements and their relationship to each other. stating that I could not account for the abnormal course of that high barometer unless by repulsion from a low barometer in the Southwest. The daily observations of all the states not being accessible to me there. or. It was not known that high barometers attract each other and repel the low. and what influences govern their movements? Long-time forecasts can only be made when the underlying causes of the high and low barometers are understood. I wrote to the Signal Office for information.107 a high barometer that came from the Southwest and passed to the Southeast. controlling all physical conditions and phenomena.

He found out that the low barometer constitutes one electric pole and is an up-pour of warm. to the public.that he had carefully and with great interest examined the map and theory and had compared both with the facts. but only electricity. "If Tice. During the last ten years a large number of scientific men have discovered a close relationship between sun-spots and disturbed . sending invigorating. in fact. that its work is not only to give moisture to the earth. but also through its mate to restore equilibrium. verifying it. that the high constitutes the opposite pole and is a down-pour of cool. even partially. so far as the writer can learn. which came as a free gift. heat and electricity. which is changed to light and heat in kind and intensity as existing conditions determine. so far in advance of the scientific world. through the Signal Office. pure air. life-giving oxygen many hundred miles in every direction. But do more recent discoveries and advancing knowledge tend to prove the truth of the electro-planetary theory. instead of being consigned to obscurity. "All the above discoveries in regard to the high and low barometers. And yet. solved. he considered that the theory in every respect was completely verified. I had made the most valuable meteorological discovery of the age. are now generally admitted to be strictly scientific. noxious air and gases. Tice also formulated the important theory of the interchangeability of light. so far as they go. If facts generally confirmed this theory. Neither has his work been acknowledged by any scientific man of note. he deserves to stand in the estimation and memory of the world beside Newton.' "The Signal Office people now use this principle of electric attraction and repulsion in accounting for the deviations and directions of both high and low barometers. Tice has never received one word of credit for them from any man holding a scientific or political position. nor see the extent of its application to meteorological phenomena. as taught by him? Want of space precludes more than a passing notice of the more prominent scientific men who have made discoveries in harmony with Tice's system. a problem in natural law of such magnitude and vast possibilities. "Tice also discovered the nature and functions of the high and low barometers— the place they occupy in the economy of nature. and are used in making weather predictions. that the earth receives neither light nor heat direct from the sun. As far as the facts of that month were concerned. but evidently they do not comprehend its value. and that the high is always secondary to the low and is its offspring and companion. Humboldt and other noted men of the past. without them predictions could not be made with any degree of accuracy. relieving the earth of accumulations dangerous to health and life. and. He learned further that the low barometer alone is merely the direct result of planetary positions.

Prince Krapotkin. we have additional corroboration of the soundness of Tice's system.110 As these periods correspond with Tice's original periods. Murphy. Bussell. intimating that one seems to be the effect of the other. a period of about five thousand one hundred days. and also with planetary occurrences. 110 The author's indications as to the nature of the cycles ("disturbances") is quite vague. and Clayton.109 These gentlemen say. .weather observer at Honolulu108. Lyons. that it is now certain that there is a close connection between sun-spots and the weather on the earth—just what Tice stated forty years ago. which renders the identification of the various personalities that he names in this paragraph (and again in the following appendix) challenging.atmospheric conditions on the earth." 108 Curtis J. Poincare. a period of twenty-seven days. a period of seven years. Bigelow. 109 Prof. Bigelow says that the medium by which the effect of sun-spots is carried to the earth is electricity. "With regard to cycles or regular recurring periods of disturbance: Prince Krapotkin claims a period of eleven years. Buckner. Koeppen. a period of nineteen years. of the Weather Bureau at Washington. W. I would mention Lyons. it is impossible at this time for me to give the names of more than four of those who have discovered such connections. Data having been mislaid. a period of thirty-five years. one of about twenty-seven days. and Koeppen. Dr. Bigelow. in substance. to say the least. another corroboration of Tice's position.

For the past four years I have prepared for the year following the weather predictions found in this almanac. and demanding information as to what progress is being made towards making predictions for particular localities. Lillingston (article by him)111 "Does the Electro-Planetary Theory Stand the Test of Advancing Knowledge? "There is a constant and rapidly increasing interest in long-time weather predicting. and in fact are. 111 From The Sentinel Almanac and Book of Facts for the Year 1900. neither have they any connection with astrology. "It is for the benefit and instruction of all these classes that the following facts and information are given.Appendix III Charles H. published by the Milwaukee Sentinel. ridicule every effort put forth to read the future as applied to the weather through a knowledge of nature's laws. from a narrow spirit of bigotry or from a so-called scientific standpoint. or to convince others that to do so would not be an encroachment upon a most sacred prerogative of Divinity. through ignorance or educated prejudice. only laughed at and ridiculed the idea of predicting weather changes for any considerable time. These predictions are based upon what is known as the electro-planetary theory. in fact this was the case. and are seriously asking for information as to how far the theory has been substantiated by later scientific knowledge or discovery. being made. are now expressing surprise at the accuracy of my forecasts. "A few years ago it would have been hard to convince some of these people that anyone who would venture to offer to the public weather forecasts for a year in advance. either altogether or partially. some who still. however. admit the possibility at least of so far understanding the operations of nature that even accurate weather predictions can be. was not a lunatic or charlatan. "A very large proportion of the more intelligent of the masses are now asking for further knowledge of the principles upon which the forecasts published in this almanac are based. but stand firmly upon a strictly scientific foundation. There are. but a majority of the same people to-day. pp. "To-day a very large number of people who. and consequently an increasing demand for forecasts. nor are they the result of any system of magic. . They are in no sense prophetic. 71-73. two or three years ago.

"2. viz. "3. All spells of stormy weather. proving that there are other regularly occurring causes besides equinoxes and solstices of the earth. Bigelow. Tice. occur in cycles or regularly recurring periods. each planet producing peculiar electric phenomena. says 'it is demonstrated that the equinoxes and solstices of the earth affect atmospheric conditions. as shown in that article. "These discoveries have not been made for the purpose of strengthening or upholding this theory. These cycles or periods of changing atmospheric phenomena are caused by ever-changing electric or magnetic influences. Tice should have credit for certain discoveries recently made by Prof. D."In order to make the following statements more easily understood it will be necessary to briefly outline the theory. "It is as follows: "1. "The following are some of the periods recently discovered by a few of the world's leading scientific investigators: . by magnetic laws. but are the result of investigations in other directions. and all other changes in atmospheric conditions. hot and cold spells. or caused. I now propose to go a step further and show that more recent scientific investigation furnishes additional corroborative evidence of the correctness of the entire theory as taught by Prof. and that these causes are the equinoxes and solstices of all the other planets. C. and the equinoxes and solstices of the earth are concerned. Bigelow of the United States Signal Service at Washington. All changing electric or magnetic influences are caused by the planets passing their equinoxial and solstitial points on their orbits. viz. This in brief is the electro-planetary theory which I propose to show is being proven a true theory by recent discoveries made by men of acknowledged scientific knowledge and ability. causing weather changes. nor by those who are particularly interested in it. and that the changes are governed.: that all the planets affect atmospheric conditions on the earth. "I had published in the issue of this almanac for 1899 an article designed to show that Prof.: that maximum and minimum weather conditions recur at regular. establishing the first part of the theory.' "This is corroborative scientific testimony to the correctness of the theory so far as electricity being the controlling influence. stated periods. Prof.

"Prince Krapotkin's cycle of about eleven years is too short. . but the fact that Prof. or that there are peculiar disturbances of a violent nature every thirty-five years. Clayton."Prof. "Prof. "Prof. neither have I had time to satisfactorily locate the occurrences. Tice's period of nearly thirty-six years. I have no data to show upon what planetary occurrences Prof. "Prof. Buckner has discovered a period of about the same length is proof that the periods are the results of planetary occurrences. about every nineteen years they will be at those points again. What are the causes? "Do these cycles in any degree tend to establish the electro-planetary theory of changing weather conditions? "Let us see. a period of about eleven years. Bigelow's period is about twenty-seven days. "There are other short periods. if Venus and Jupiter are at corresponding points at a certain time. in other words. Murphy has a period of about seven years. Tice found an occurrence which caused all his periods of disturbance and the fact that Prof. a period of five and one-half days. "Prof. This cycle is about eleven and eighty-five hundredths years. and some longer than any I have given. "Prof. "Prof. "Prince Krapotkin. or very nearly the length of Jupiter's year. and these cycles are no exception. but these are the more important ones that are acknowledged by prominent scientific students of this country and Europe. Russell has found a cycle of about nineteen years. Buckner's period of thirty-five years corresponds very nearly with Prof. and consequently the time between an equinox and the recurrence of the same equinox. Buckner has announced the discovery of a cycle of about thirty-five years. Tice based this period. "Nothing in nature exists without a cause. Russell's cycle of about nineteen years corresponds very nearly with the time required for Venus and Jupiter to reach corresponding points on their orbits. or. and pretty generally admitted to be scientific facts.

but as yet has not been able to satisfactorily determine the length of the period. "Prof. in fifty-nine years both will again be at the same point. then through the operation of the same law the equinoxes and solstices of each of the other planets have precisely the same effect. Jupiter having completed five revolutions and Saturn two. its existence having been known for more than thirty years. is not to be supposed that the influences of planetary occurrences directly affect the earth's atmosphere. is not a recent discovery. and consequently cannot locate it in any planetary occurrence. "Prof. Bigelow's period of nearly twenty-seven days is nearly equal to the rotation period of the moon. "It. creative and controlling principal in nature — electricity. "There is also a cycle of about fifty-nine years. Tice's period of five and seventy-five hundredths days. and more recently has learned that there is another series of disturbances. They first affect the center of influence. About ten years ago the writer discovered a cycle of about fifty-six days which corresponds with the equinoxes and solstices of Venus. Clayton's period of five and one-half days corresponds very nearly with Prof. or to make it plainer. because once in fifty-nine years Jupiter completes five revolutions and Saturn two. however. if Saturn and Jupiter are at corresponding points on their orbits at a given time. which. If it is a law of nature that the equinoxes and solstices of the earth create atmospheric disturbances. attributed to the influence of Vulcan. the sun. but are controlled by fixed unvarying laws. "If there had never been a cycle discovered except those caused by the equinoxes and solstices of the earth the electro-planetary system would stand firmly upon the foundation of general principles. Enough has been given to prove that peculiar and ever changing weather conditions are not governed by caprice. but when we remember that all disturbances in the earth's atmosphere affect the sun it ."Prof. however. that the effect of the earth's equinoxes and solstices could not affect the other planets and that the occurrences of the other planets could not affect the earth. but it supports the theory of planetary influences. The only objection that can be raised is. and are transmitted to the earth through the medium of the never ceasing flow of the universal life-giving. "The laws of nature are universal. life-sustaining. Nature has no law that is applicable to one portion of universal space that does not apply equally to every other portion. as many suppose. Murphy's cycle of seven years coincides with the time of Saturn's equinoxes and solstices.

"The solar system is a family of worlds united and bound together by the law of universal affinity. may so far transgress her laws. and that in the same manner the earth feels the effects of disturbed conditions on all the planets. but the difference in conditions is the effect of the violations and not the action of the law. "It is true that man." " a logical conclusion that all the planets are affected through the sun. as to interfere with their operation and cause physical conditions to exist on the earth. is above nature. H." . that do not exist on the other planets. LILLINGSTON. and we have only to come back to humanity to learn that whatever affects the physical condition of the mother affects the child through the sustenance it receives from her. The sun is the maternal parent. who in a sense. never ceasing through endless ages to give to each of her offspring an abundant supply of nature's sustaining food.

particularly on the strange power that seeds have of multiplying themselves by means of slips. ADAM CLARKE. or handle the spade. "'Sir. LL. 388-392. "OBSERVATIONS ON PROGNOSTICATIONS OF THE WEATHER: "BY THE REV. presented the "Herschel" table in the following letter to the editor:] "From the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine. and as I found that much of our success 112 The Methodist Magazine. "Canonbury-Square. . This table has been reprinted in a recent Old Farmer's Almanac http://www.' And I may add.AS. have you nothing to do in your own affairs.D. and cultivate. that I do not remember the time in which I was unconcerned about the changes of the weather. I am a MAN: and whatever concerns HUMAN BEINGS. ever since I was able to spring the rattle. and speak of the WEATHER. 1824.— TER. "Dear . October 1824. "Aliena ut cures. which I was taught to care for. interests me. as one of old. ea quæ nihil àd te attinent? "'ADAM. F. a late eighteenth-century/early nineteenth-century Bible commentator. I believe these facts and experiments were not lost either on the heads or hearts of many of your readers. "To the Editor. June 5th. manage the sickle. pp. "Chrema. tantúmne ab re tuô est otii tibi. Heaut. Suppose I be and especially to every poor farmer. that you meddle with those of others that do not concern you?' — to this I feel disposed to give the same answer that was formerly given to the question quoted above: "Homo sum: humani nihil à me alienum puto. I wish to change the subject a little.Appendix IV "Herschel's" Lunar Table (provided by Adam Clarke)112 [Adam Clarke. and of the best means of prognosticating its variations. "From my earliest childhood I was bred up on a little farm. a subject of the highest consequence to every agriculturist. use the whip. — I have formerly sent you some papers on curious facts in agriculture.. London.

and that every child in the country makes. or perhaps officiousness. I had actually learned. the course and colour of the clouds. and frequently said. even in tender youth. I believe Meteorology is a natural science. as you have seen. and. and was seldom much mistaken in my reckoning. full.' 'You know! how should you know?' 'Why. it shows at least that I pretend to be qualified to judge concerning the matters which I recommend. by silent observation. "But you may ask. 'If DR. and was amazed at its general accuracy: — for though long. by which they may be able to tell.' was the subject of conversation. I have been able to give to my neighbours and friends. proved that my augury was well drawn. how can you tell?' I answered. it was harvest-time. I met one day with a mortifying rebuff. For my kindness. Many a time. 'ADAM. "About twenty years ago a Table. on this head. Sir. directions relative to their field-operations. some progress in it: at least so it was with me. to-morrow will be a foul day. the flight of the crow and the swallow. and one of the first that is studied. pretty nearly. without giving the rule on which my prognostication was founded.' said he. — not forgetting even the hue and croaking of the frog. I often ventured to direct our agricultural operations in reference to the coming days. posterity would have reason to bless his . professing to form prognostics of the weather. I have carefully consulted this Table for several years. 'Mr. HERSCHEL. I never thought that any rules could be devised liable to so few exceptions.depended on a proper knowledge and management of the weather. the phases of the moon. purporting to be the work of the late DR. When I thought I had a pretty good stock of knowledge and experience in this way. untaught.' The next day. I know it will be so. HERSCHEL had lived for no other purpose than this. P.' —To which he answered. even in fickle and dangerous times. and the loud screams of the sea-mew. should not be spoiled by the weather before it was housed. From the little knowledge I had derived from close observation. 'O Sir. in opposition to his own opinion. have I watched the heavens with anxiety. and quarters of the moon. however. the probable changes of the weather. so as to be the better able to conduct their work in the field. the scintillation of the stars. especially among such as had not been obliged like me to watch earnestly. I was led to study it ever since I was eight years of age. was variously published. I have often been led to glorify God for the discovery of the principle on which this Table is constructed. I was about ten years of age. the gambols of the colt. that what was so necessary to the family support.. the fluttering of the ducks. by the times of the change. and 'what sort of a day tomorrow would be. to teach wisdom among them that were perfect. on this head. I stated. — I wish to help your more simple readers to a few good general rules. engaged in the study of the weather. 'because I am weather-wise. 'or other-wise.' 'Yes. I ventured to give counsel to my neighbours. on those maxims. When. what has this to do with the subject on which you have set out? — Very much.' I pleasantly replied. to form good conjectures concerning the coming weather. To a very intelligent gentleman who was present. examined the different appearances of the morning and evening sun.

when. he would. and have sent it that you may insert it in the Magazine. have had yet greater honour. However the thing may be. and had the above principle and its application been among them. in my sight.' But how was I surprised. illustrated it with further observations. "OR THE "FAIR AND FOUL WEATHER PROGNOSTICATOR: "BEING "A Table for foretelling the Weather through all the Lunations of each Year for ever. judiciously observed. I have made a little alteration in the arrangement. . and that so near the truth as to be seldom or never found to fail. "TABULA EUDICHEIM0NICA. and will. and the accompanying Remarks.memory. some time ago. and his adopted country. the Table. by simple inspection. were the discoveries which he made. as it has hitherto been confined generally to a few Almanacks. the whole being constructed on a due consideration of the attraction of the Sun and Moon in their several positions respecting the earth. HERSCHEL. are the result of many years' actual observation. may be of great public benefit. show the observer what kind of weather will most probably follow the entrance of the Moon into any of her Quarters. given it a significant name. I was informed that his son had come forward and disclaimed the Table as any work of his late father. and honourable to himself. and as being unworthy of him! Well: great most certainly was DR. "THIS Table.

and a good Barometer. may be followed by fair weather: but this is mostly dependent on the WIND. ROGERSON. "6. 113 "With this Table. First Quarter. to what a certainty may we arrive in 113 [Footnote in the original text:] "Our readers will recollect that the above 'Table' and 'Observations. KERSHAW. yet. To prognosticate correctly. and Last Quarter. The space for this calculation occupies from ten in the forenoon to two in the afternoon."OBSERVATIONS. e. happening during six of the afternoon hours. in the main. The space for this calculation occupies from ten at night till two next morning. where the four cardinal points of the heavens are correctly placed. and with the hope of exciting the attention of scientifick and practical observers of the weather in our own country. from four to ten. is more uncertain in the latter part of Autumn. though they affect Spring and Autumn nearly in the same ratio. from a variety of irregular causes. W. They are inserted here with the view of showing the principles on which their excellent author conceives that such a table may be constructed with great advantage to the agricultural interest particularly. the fairer will the weather be during the seven days following. "5. The nearer to MIDDAY. These observations refer principally to Summer. — WHITE's Ephemeris. or NOON. "1. the whole of Winter. especially in those cases where the wind is concerned. "3. "8. Full. The nearer the time of the Moon's Change. — Full. the more foul or wet the weather may be expected during the next seven days. — and Last Quarter. "2. the Observer should be within sight of a good vane. and published by MR. and the beginning of Spring. With this precaution he will scarcely ever be deceived in depending on the Table.] — must be procured. a correct Almanack. such as the Nautical. It need scarcely be added. the above observations will apply to those periods also." . [Compiled by Mr. i.' were designed for England. Quarters. City-Road. &c. Though the weather. are to MIDNIGHT. "7. — or the one called Temporis Calendarium. 14. AM. The Moon's Change. "4. as it is noted in the Table. EDITORS. — First Quarter. these phases of the Moon happen. that to know the exact time of the Moon's Changes.

"Last night the sun went pale to bed. "Or settling in the South is found. "The boding shepherd heaves a sigh. "And to her bed untimely sent her. DARWIN. sent. as an excuse for not keeping his promise. and a thing easy to be remembered. "The wind unsteady veers around. 'The hollow winds begin to blow. "Clos'd is the pink-ey'd pimpernell. "The distant hills are looking nigh. with velvet paws. "Low o'er the grass the swallow wings. "Loud quack the ducks. and will feel the weight of the proverb. a rainbow spans the sky. "Sits wiping o'er her whisker'd jaws. "The moon in halos hid her head. the sea-fowl cry. because he did not change the laws of nature to accommodate their indolence and caprice. back to earth it bends. "And nimbly catch th' incautious flies. how sharps he sings! "Puss on the hearth. a poetical epistle containing an enumeration of most of the signs of approaching ill-weather. "The cricket too. "How restless are the snorting swine! "The busy flies disturb the kine. "The walls are damp. the spaniels sleep. "The soot falls down. "Old BETTY'S joints are on the rack.prognostications concerning the weather! By these the prudent man. will hide himself. see. "The smoke from chimneys right ascends. "It is said. By not paying attention to the signs and the seasons. foreseeing the evil. Make hay while the sun shines. 'Signs of approaching FOUL WEATHER. many have suffered and charged GOD foolishly. and remodelling others. having made an appointment to take a country jaunt with some friends on the ensuing day. the ditches smell. "Hark! how the chairs and tables crack. "And spiders from their cobwebs peep. the glass is low. but perceiving that the weather would be unfavourable. "Through the clear stream the fishes rise. I have enlarged these by adding several new ones. "Her corns with shooting pains torment her. and subjoin it as very useful. . that the late DR. "For. "The clouds look black. "Then spreading.

stalk o'er the green. "Hoping that this Paper will be of some use to your country readers."The glow-worms. "No working in the fields to-morrow. truly. how odd their flight. "And seem precipitate to fall. "'Twill surely rain. dear Sir. "Quits mutton-bones. "In fiery red the sun doth rise. "And in the rapid eddy plays. "As if they felt the piercing ball. "Then wades through clouds to mount the skies. on grass to feast. I am. "Nor heed the traveller passing by. num'rous. "ADAM CLARKE. "Illum'd the dewy hill last night. "The dog. "The tender colts on back do lie. clear. the air is still. so alter'd is his taste. and bright. "Behold the rooks. "The sky is green. "At dusk the squalid toad was seen. "And in a russet coat is drest. we see't with sorrow. "The frog has chang'd his yellow vest. "The whirling wind the dust obeys. "Like quadruped. "The mellow blackbird's voice is shrill. "They imitate the gliding kite. yours." .

It is the only departure in this book from the practice of chronological organization. In all there is an awareness of an underlying law of manifestation which appears to have escaped not detection but definition."114 +++ "This idea of the cyclic law. at the base of planetary motions. "Periodicity is. of course. whether epidemic or endemic. The material in this appendix is not specifically organized chronologically. or law of periodicity. has arrested the attention of scientists. The Kabala of Numbers: A Handbook of Interpretation. Hebrew Astrology: The Key to the Study of Prophecy. 133-134. 116 Sepharial. It has been shown. but it has not been officially noted that the same cause that produces the sunspot may also produce the storm.Appendix V Sepharial on Sunspots (excerpted from his books) +++ "It has been suggested that the cause of electrical storms is the sunspot. Similar investigations and suggestions have been advanced by others in regard to the periodicity of zymotic diseases. Sir Norman Lockyer sought to link up the phenomena of sunspots with high and low Nile tides. and therefore also of cosmic changes. 115 The Russian Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (various transliterations of the last name exist). etc. 10-11. too. For what we trace as the periodicity of phenomena. among whom we may cite Mendelieff. and Sir William Crookes. . the researches of Prof. Part I. pp.115 who has shown that the atomic weights of the elements follow the natural octave. that these periods correspond to periods of famine. pp.e. again. which facts are brought forward in order to show that nature works by a species of pulsation. the creator of the periodic table of chemical elements. Then. but is organized in a way to make the quotes flow harmoniously."116 +++ "The cyclic law and that of periodicity are practically identical. can be shown to bear a direct relation to 114 Sepharial. in groups. whose Genesis of the Elements develops the same idea in regard to the differentiation of protyle via the hydrogen base by a graduation of the vibration-frequency and a proportionate diminishing of the mean free path or play-space of the various atoms. and later with droughts and floods. answering to a definite beat of time. i. Ray Lancaster in regard to sunspots has shown that the solar disturbances come sporadically. at definite and well-defined periods.

1927. The whole subject is. while the band corresponding to the orbit of Jupiter is attended by the largest and most frequent display of Sunspots. the periodicity of Sun-spots. Jupiter conjunct Uranus. 1904. which is in excess of the observed period of maximum solar activity by 163 days. . Prof. at 7° those due to the action of the Earth and its satellite. the Nature of Radiance..11 years is. attributable to the combined action of the planets Venus. An ingenious student of planetary influence. and at 48° those due to Saturn. at latitude 6° those produced by Venus's action are seen. are those along which the greatest Sun-spot activity is and "An Astronomical Theory of the Molecule and an Electronic Theory of Matter: Solar and Terrestrial Physics Viewed in the Light Thereof" "Part III (Continued) The Nature of the Solar Radiations and Their Relation to Terrestrial Magnetism and Other Meteorological Phenomena" in Popular Astronomy Vol. the parallels of solar latitude tangent to the orbits of Mars. 1904. which is exactly what we want. 1882. Many years ago I published a statement to the effect that the rents in the luminous envelope or photosphere of the Sun would be found to coincide with the occursions of the planets Mars and Jupiter. 1916. are found to be associated with important configurations of the major planets: 1871. Since then I have made further research. but it would extend the period to 11 years and 203 days. Thus he shows that at the latitude of 5° North and South of the Sun's equator. the mean of whose cycles yields a period so exactly in conformity with it."118 117 Severinus J. From this we might conclude that the luminous envelope of the Sun is acted upon by the planetary bodies when they are on the same solar meridian. 16.. of extreme interest to note that the years of the maximum Sun-spot appearance.harvard. Saturn opposition Jupiter. Corrigan117. pp. It is. however. Saturn conjunct Neptune. at 13° those frequent spots due to Mars. pp. This certainly upholds the original observation that Sun-spots are connected with the occursions of the planets Jupiter and Mars. 1916. 118 Sepharial. has suggested that by regarding the solar disc as a plane. spots are produced by the action of the planet Mercury on the Sun. however. pp. 105-106. 1871..planetary cycles.16. Cosmic Jupiter and Saturn.367C . but by taking the periods of Mars. see The Constitution and Function of Gases. in its infancy. 1927. Venus and the Earth into account. for instance. we have a period of 11 years 40 1/2 days. Saturn conjunct Neptune. For Corrigan's findings and his relation of same to the weather. the Earth and Mars. Hence the Professor is quite in agreement with my original statement that Sun-spots are principally caused by Mars and Jupiter. The years of maximum frequency noted have led to the discovery of a period of 11 years and 40 days. Take. 367-378 http://adsabs. Jupiter opposition Uranus. and setting off the orbits of the planets from the centre.. Corrigan. and the Law of Radiation. 131-133 http://books.. The Sun-spot period of 11. therefore. and I find that the mean of the two periods of these planets is 11 years and 203 days. Probably the introduction of Jupiter and Saturn to the equation would yield a climacteric every fifth period.

+++ "The present author has shown that the periodicity of sun-spots coincides to a decimal point with the mean periods of Mars. Many coincidences make a Law." 119 119 Sepharial. p. 10. . Elemental Astrology: Astrology Simplified for the Layman. This is not a coincidence except in that it coincides with observed facts. and it is only a question as to how many are required to command the consideration of responsible people. Earth. Venus and Mercury — the planets that most nearly neighbour the great luminary. Astrology is full of such coincidences.

"It must be noted. has given out an interview in which he explains the 'why' of his forecasts — how it is possible for him to foretell the weather not merely a day ahead. then they disappear. For this reason his methods of securing data by which he makes his forecast are of interest. The storms are always on time. California's tried and true weather prophet. Sun spots appear on this eastern limb — or rim — and travel across to the western limb. I have observed for the past fifteen years that whenever one of these sun spots or faculae is in a certain position on the sun a storm enters upon the Pacific Coast. "'The sun revolves. and foretell it accurately. The difference is because the earth moves in the opposite direction in the meantime. that the predictions are for the State and Coast. 'Here's the equator of it. "'Each sun spot causes four disturbances here. It takes twelve and a half of our days to cross this visible side. however. Here's the east and there's the west. instead of for northern San Josquin alone. appear again later on at the eastern edge. "There is probably no man in California more talked of today than Father Ricard. Ricard of Santa Clara College. That is all. its spots and its relation to the other planets. Ricard (articles by and about him) +++ [article about Ricard:] "Father Jerome S. and fourteen days to go around the back. and if they are strong. but occasionally in coming over the mountains or coming in off the coast they are shunted off and go east instead of coming into this section. he says. "'Now. "'Here is the sun. but a month ahead. Father Ricard traced a circle on a piece of paper. "Father Ricard says he does not follow any law — that he simply takes the facts as shown to him by an observation of the sun.' he told the interviewer. Here's the north and south extremities — poles — connected by a vertical line that we call the central meridian. The first comes three days before .Appendix VI Jerome S. Explaining his system.

"Father Ricard explains that his observation has shown that whenever one of these sunspots appears that there is a magnetic disturbance in the Aleutian Island region.. as storms never come without the sunspots. and that's why error in dates creep in. and the fourth is three days before it comes into sight again. and whenever a sunspot appears the barometer records a low pressure area over the same paths.the spot reaches this central meridian. the attraction at these angles leaps to the earth's magnetic centers around the Aleutian Low and elsewhere. which causes a barometric disturbance. "'The barometer. Lawrence valley. but on the barometer it is just the same. but this cannot be proven. Only the strong ones do that. The second is three days before it reaches the western limb of horizon. The law isn't formulated. Then the spot sets — goes out of sight — and we have another storm three days before it is due to reach the central meridian on the other side. they bring moisture. But I've been observing these . "'The air above these places goes skyward in a great spiral as though to get to the sun. "Father Ricard says he is inclined to believe — and other scientists agree with him — that sunspots are caused by planets getting into line and exercising some sort of pull upon the gaseous matter of the sun. then generally eastward and down the St. and mist if it's summer. Other lower airs rush into the partial vacuum. This is true either summer or winter. But I have observed that their effect often continues for the second time around. it means rainstorms. . Their running time from Alaska to here isn't the same. Their intensity varies with the power of the sunspot. "'That's all we know yet. Their pull — whatever it is — causes a sunspot or faculae. even though they aren't visible.' says Father Ricard. If it is winter. 'is no respecter of seasons. These move to certain spots on the sun's surface. if it is summer. Then the storms take the old familiar tracks we know — south to Vancouver. it means wind. because storms are regulated by the barometer.. and that never in his observation has there ever been a sunspot without being accompanied by a storm on this coast — the two always come together he says. What he does know is that the sunspots indicate storms.' "Father Ricard says that never in his observations has this Coast ever had a storm without the appearance of such a sun spot or faculae. if it's winter.' "Here is how the Father explains generation of a storm: "'Two planets get into line with the sun.

Albert Porta. Papers" is the origin of the spots. a recent catalog exists entitled "Guide to the Jerome three articles that he wrote for Popular Astronomy magazine: "Meteorology on the Pacific Slope" (Vol. .google.. Ricard. Porta was employed to do this work. pp.19.' "Father Ricard's paper on 'Where Sunspots Come From' follows in full: 120 The Lodi [CA] Sentinel.J. " .edu/full/1911PA.pdf .harvard. and "Latest Advances in Weather Forecasting at a Long Range by Sunspots and Planetary Positions" (Vol. 1915.. 224-228) http://adsabs. Father J.. making a long-distance forecast of spots which will appear each month between now and January and Latest Advances in Forecasting http://books.. the description of which is reserved for another occasion.224R and http://books. 92-98) http://books. These include the first four volumes of The Sunspot magazine. Regarding his . according to Father Ricard. published by his observatory and containing articles from his pen: Vol... "Ability to predict in advance the formation of spots on the sun was announced yesterday by the Father and a booklet containing Forecast for Inaugural Day. as the result of six months' work by Dr.cdlib. Probably Ricard never managed fully to realize the desire expressed in the last sentence of this article.'"120 +++ [article about Ricard:] "FORETELLS COMING OF SPOTS ON SUN "Important Discovery Announced by the Rev. 6. . S. The Sunspot Question. "Long-range Weather Forecasting and its Methods" (Vol. S..oac. When I do formulate id=bIYmAQAAIAAJ and Vol. .. nonetheless we may still peruse with interest several writings of his writings that are on the Internet. and maybe by the time I've put in another thirteen the law will come. Santa Clara. "Makes Forecasts for Appearance of Spots for Next Six id=MRFLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA131 and http://www. March 4. 21. Ricard. pp. 131-142) http://adsabs.21. 16. Father Ricard's long-range weather forecasts based on sunspots attracted wide attention in recent years and led to criticisms which induced Father Ricard to reduce his theories to exact mathematical statements. The first will appear between July 16 and July 25. .things for thirteen years.. pp. who says that 'every sunspot of facula which mars or beautifies the face of the sun is due to a planetary phenomenon. 1 http://books. not gravity. 1913. Dr. 1913. I'm going to do it right — beyond the shadow of a doubt.s 2-4 http://books. head of the meteorological observatory at Santa Clara Ricard..131R and http://books. "Father Ricard announces his ability to predict which planet will be responsible for particular spots on the sun and goes further.

and said. of Astronomy of the Bible http://www. They have sought to explain how the planets might produce sunspots before knowing that they do indeed produce them."Crux of Astronomers. A writer in Popular Astronomy has of late shown the futility of the same idea. may turn out correct under some other aspect. an idea which is certainly wrong under one aspect.. and if such familiarity were wanting to anyone. and not having found a satisfactory explanation of the how they have concluded that 'there is nothing doing in that line' and because astronomers are closely related to the nine Muses they have sung from the housetops that the idea of sunspot formation through planetary dynamics is chimerical and the minor luminaries of astronomy throughout the world have re-echoed the . the newspaper account dropped the quotation marks around Father Ricard's text. were suspected of being the likely originator. through gravity. Once upon a time.122 "But is there not another and worse source of error? What would a man of ordinary common sense think of a railroad engineer. besides. Why did not these same writers test the possibilities of electro-magnetism? Mayhap they would have found treasures with which to enrich the mind of posterity. among other texts.php?query=maunder%20astronomy%20bible . a few other things too long to recount. The idea was at once exploited.. but was soon found wanting. "No River to Cross. too sweeping in character to exert much influence on the logical mind. "'The origin of sunspots has always been the crux of astronomers.archive. "Bridge But No Chasm. . if he would devote a precious amount of time and labor on the plan of a bridge without first knowing whether there was a river or chasm to cross? And yet this is the very thing some of our would-be infallible astronomers have been doing. he has only to ask a professor of logic. "And may we not add that the same unscientific 'faux pas' has been taken in 121 Edward Walter Maunder. and no doubt are. All of us are familiar with instances of this kind. "'Hence the emphatic decisions of certain astronomical writers may be. "Howsoever this may be. Maunder of Greenwich 121 is on record as an irreconcilable opponent of the same idea and his opinion carries great weight. author. the planets need not be able to produce spots on the sun through mere gravity but may be able to produce them through some other force. the planets. 122 With the following paragraph.

we engaged the exclusive services of an eminent professor of mathematics. our weather? For we daily perceive that their long chain of ratiocination is always ending with the trite refrain. D. we dared not breathe the news to any man. whose chair of architecture had become vacant for the time being and who was already familiar with the research work of the observatory. except a few friends. with reference to the great problem before us. A. As our many other duties forbade. especially as to the equipment. and also in mere matters of detail. the only condition being that a Porta or his equal shall be here to make the calculation. "The proof we have. . "But 'truth will out. C. and. Foster.' We were finally convinced that we had only to apply to the point at issue the most powerful solvent known to modern science — mathematics. "While very much remains yet to be done. was the self-same as the one calculated entirely and solely on planets. calculated entirely and solely on sunspots. ergo.regard to sunspots affecting. T. in turn. Porta. for the nonce. therefore there is no river nor chasm to cross! Bravo! "The first intimation we ever got of the close relationship between planets and sunspots was when we saw that the date of a storm arrival on the Pacific coast. of the University of Santa Clara. and the renewed assurance that comes from actual observation being in complete accord with the mathematical prediction. humbly submit that the heart of the knotty problem has been laid open. the description of which may be reserved for another occasion. The said proof is as good as gold and we will sell it to the 'Sunspot Club' for $60. with all the assurance that comes from a large number of cases that have stood the most rigorous mathematical analysis with complete success. there is no connection.000 to buy a new telescope with. as is so skilfully and truly done by our friend. as bristling with mathematical formulae. but for fear of lifting the pusillanimous off their feet. For five or six years back we had noted this marvelous flow of invariable coincidences between the two systems of weather forecasting at a long distance. we may. The inestimable blessing it brings along with it is that we can foretell accurately the where and the when of the formation of faculae and spots and thereby foresee the arrival of storms on the coast as long in advance as we please. Alas! alas! what has become of the logic of so-called science? There is no bridge in sight. "Much Yet To Be Done. Dr. we dare affirm that every sunspot or facula which mars or beautifies the face of the sun is due to a planetary phenomenon. of Washington. is no more capable of putting a Sunday appearance in a newspaper than the solution of the problem in reciprocal conics we once submitted to a mathematical enthusiast in Southern California as a necessary qualification for a glib talk on sunspots. W.

"December 18-75 — Mars spot at longitude 176 degrees. 32 seconds W. Mercury spot at longitude 0 degrees. latitude 0 degree. Neptune spot at longitude 97 degrees. Jupiter spot at longitude 38 degrees. Saturn spot at longitude 119 degrees. latitude 0 degree. 1914. latitude 4 degrees 31 minutes. 14 minutes. it is not clear what these numbers represent. "September 23-85 — Venus spot at longitude 88 degrees. 15 minutes. 3 seconds N. 17 minutes. Venus.. 27 seconds E. and January. 4 minutes. latitude 5 degrees. Earthspot at longitude 0 degree. 1915. 31 seconds E. N. Saturn spot at longitude 3 degrees. "November 27-33 — Mercury spot at longitude 0 degree..' for brevity's sake. east or west. 46 seconds N. 28 seconds E. The term 'spot. 35 minutes. not through gravity. "The forecasts are as follows: "July 16-25123 — Earthspot at longitude 0 degrees. 37 seconds S. 33 minutes. 51 minutes. and the latitudes from the solar equator. 29 seconds S. 45 seconds N. 13 seconds S. etc. 58 minutes. "August 18-29 — Venus spot at longitude 60 degrees. 25 seconds S. north or south. 45 minutes. . "Caution: The words 'earthspot. 22 seconds S. 52 seconds W. 25 seconds N. 9 seconds W. 24 seconds E. 39 minutes. latitude 0 degree."Last May we picked up at random a restricted number of critical planetary phenomena to occur between July. 48 seconds. latitude 1 degree. 35 minutes. latitude 0 degree.' 'Mercury spot. "October 13-87 — Mercury spot at longitude 81 degrees. The longitudes are reckoned from the central meridian — the Greenwich of the solar student — of the date.. 47 minutes. etc. means both the ordinary dark violet blue marking and the snow-white torch or facula. but through some force. by the respective planets. 19 seconds S. 45 minutes. but spots or faculae on the sun produced at the places indicated. latitude 0 degree. 39 minutes. 58 minutes. 36 minutes. we intend to prove in a future 123 The second number following the months is often much larger than the number of days in the given month. Mercury.' etc. 5 seconds E. latitude 3 degrees. 41 seconds N. latitude 1 degree. 1 minute. 40 seconds E. latitude 1 degree. do not mean spots on the earth. latitude 5 degrees. 1 minute. 43 minutes. 38 minutes.' 'Venus spot. calculated the heliographic positions of the faculae or spots they would give rise to and got them ready for publication. 59 seconds W. 47 minutes. preferably electro-magnetism.

"Has the Sun-Spot Theory of Storms Been Demonstrated?" July 1916. LXI. "3. it is not necessary to have recourse to swarms of the Leonids impinging on the rings of Saturn. Herbert Hall Turner.paper. "2. Old spots or old seats of disturbance are centers of attraction. was obtaining the same dates for the arrival of storms on the Pacific coast as we of Santa 124 125 126 The San Jose [CA] Mercury News. who goes by the planet exclusively. Vol. +++ . Savilian professor of astronomy. 1914. The formation of spots.2. For this reason the observatory of Santa Clara has for some years already searched into the origin of sunspots. July 12. 1. Doctor Ricard says it is a matter of definite proof that the rise and fall of the barometric pressure on the earth is due to the motion of the spots on the solar dial either toward or away from that meridian. Oxford University. under planetary influence. The idea of an intimate relationship between the planets and sunspots arose from the fact that Foster in Washington. is. Hence in order to account for the birth of sunspots. p."124 +++ [From an article about Ricard:] "Taking the central meridian of the sun as a basis. 37. the following conclusions have been arrived at: "1. Spots on the sun are caused by planets when their lines of force come near each other. "4. Groups of spots are due to planetary lines of force falling on neighboring areas of the sun's surface. thinking that the process was practically instantaneous. After a large number of calculations on suspected causes and daily observations of the sun. altering the latitudes of new spots at the time of their formation. "5. Former investigators mistook the road. 1. a rather slow process."125 [Article about Ricard:] "Father Ricard of the University of Santa Clara observatory gave out the following this evening: "Forecasting the weather by sunspots requires a knowledge of solar conditions which have not yet been observed. as Professor Turner of Oxford 126 has tried to make us believe. on the whole. No. pp. which it is not.

Aug. has attracted much attention by his success in forecasting weather conditions. He was ordained a priest by the late Cardinal Gibbons in 1886. For years he has issued weather predictions from 30 to 40 days in advance with high average success. Earthquakes. "Margin of Three Days.' in commemoration of his 50 years as a member of the Society of Jesus. which he ascribes as being entirely due to spots on the sun. he believes. are due to the same causes. In appearance. Father Ricard. Italy. Cal. He joined the Jesuit order in Turin.Clara. . It is not always accompanied by rain or snow. who went and still go by sunspots exclusively. 1850. although his theory cannot be said to have been accepted universally by others. with a ruddy complexion and his temperament is friendly and genial. 26. he is short and stocky. a noted astronomer. forecasts could be made more accurately than by use of the elaborate system employed by the government weather bureau. 3. he became convinced that by noting the position of the spots. p. its 'padre of the rains. 1916. but a pronounced disturbance is invariable. "The principle laid down by Father Ricard is that when a spot reaches a point three days from the western limb — or rim — of the sun. a storm appears on the Pacific coast. . "SANTA CLARA. Thus it is that bits of truth put together form a whole truth. Father Ricard made deductions which he said gave him 27-day periods to work on with fair accuracy. "Father Ricard became interested in astronomy in 1890 and 10 years later began to pay particular attention to sun spots and[. With the three-day principle as a basis. when 21 years old. Ricard. and began to teach at Santa Clara in 1873. Ricard of California After many Years of Hard Study."127 +++ [Article about Ricard:] "CATHOLIC PRIEST EXPLAINS STORMS BY SPOTS ON SUN "Remarkable Discoveries Claimed by Father Jerome S.. "Father Ricard was born in southern France June 1.. (AP) — University of Santa Clara will do honor here May 30 to Father Jerome S. 127 The San Jose [CA] Mercury News. "Makes Study of Sun Spots. through] comparison with the earth's weather.

the weather for the United States usually can be determined in advance by conditions over the Pacific ocean and Europeans may be warned likewise by conditions over the Atlantic. in all. "As the winds move from west to east. a new storm arrives on the Pacific coast. "The same tremendous electromagnetic force is exerted on the earth's surface when planets and sun are in conjunction. three days before the spot reaches the central meridian in back. When a solar disturbance reaches any one of these four positions. Father Ricard says. which burns practically inexhaustibly. 14.' he said. 'four critical positions. The passage of the Atlantic ocean to Europe is made in about three days. due to the earth's rotation. and earthquakes likewise. Father Ricard explains. or ascending from the mouth of the Colorado river in Lower California. say Venus and the earth. Storms on the Pacific coast cross the continent in from 5 to 7 days. When two or more of the planets."128 +++ 128 The Idaho Statesman of Boise. may be explained simply. 1921. Although sometimes delayed by sectional conditions that make their movements eccentric. . either rising from the ocean directly or descending from Alaska.' It requires nearly 27 days for spots to travel around the sun. "Gives Cause of Spots. and at the place where the shell is least strong an earthquake takes place. three days before the spot reaches the eastern rim and three days before the spot reaches the central meridian in front. The sun is a gaseous envelop. p."'There are. they always cross. Idaho. are in conjunction with the sun — strung out in a straight line in space — an electromagnetic pull is exerted on the sun that causes a portion of the gaseous mass to reach out toward the planets. May 8. "The cause of the formation of sun spots. three days before the spot reaches the western rim.

natural activity in general from the smallest insect or plant to the biggest star in the heavens substantially reduces to an electric current generating a magnetic field whose direction and sense are known by experimental physics. developing a magnetic field helically in the coil in an opposite direction. C. In a word. But the experiments on which this teaching is based are too rough and not convincing and cosmic observation stands for the helical behavior of magnetism in a direction opposite to that of the current. a form therefore which is the primary law of physical nature. has given the world a synthesis that will claim the attention of science for centuries to come. Foster of Washington. "By J. Somebody else in a fit of innocent mirth. "It may be objected that the magnetic field surrounding electricity in motion is always circular and perpendicular to the line of the electric current and not helical or spiral and never in a direction opposite to that of the current. coincident with the axis of which a tube of electrical forms is run.[Article by Ricard:] "FOSTER'S DYNAMICS OF HEAVEN EXPLAINED BY FATHER RICARD "Noted Santa Clara Scientist Declares Famous Astronomer "Has Given World a Synthesis That Will Claim Attention of Science for Centuries.. "It's a far cry from the throne of the Milky Way somewhere in the high north of the heavens and from there all the way down south through the constellation of the Centaur. T. though safely hid behind the thick veil of external appearances yet controls the universe from nebula to nebula and from the galaxy to the least cloud that dims the day. who. D. but what to the ordinary man would at once appear as a crushing task impossible of achievement is almost a plaything to the geniuses of the race. Ricard. At least. He fondly calls it his little god. a form which. has enabled him to find a certain elementary form at the bottom of all natural operation. But that is all taken back now. This fundamental law of nature is beautifully illustrated by means of a solenoid. "Out of this elemental form of all inner natural operation in all beings that are at all organized either strictly or only in the broad sense. The writer has in mind W. to the phenomena of earth's atmosphere. Of course Foster doesn't mean to exclude the government of matter by the principle of life. has been able to climb the heights of the galaxy and from there by a masterly stroke of genius. S. called it a tin-god. there follows a consequence of . by dint of analysis of the doings of nature. but direct from nature's scrolls. much is Foster's idea based on a more thorough and searching experimentation. not exactly of literature. "His long years of study.

This secondary principle. The same helix of magnetism also carries the sun around the axis of the Milky Way in about 25. Washington. It is the Milky Way. "Hence it turns out that the 'lie' of the earth's magnetic axis and the quality of its magnetic poles are fixed by the galaxy's magnetic spiral and not by the sun. one by one. This heavenly magnetic coil carries the starry world spirally round and round and when a member of it has finished its course.530. too. W T Foster unravels the mystery of the cosmos. The former may be considered as the head. George Henry Lepper is here in full accord with Foster by declaring the sun's path is spiral in shape with a diameter of 1. But when we have to deal with such monstrous magnets as the sun and the planets it fully comes within the purview of an observer. the direction of the current being of course. which is the inner form of universal physical operation. The eye discovers in it especially two dark pear-shaped holes which the 'gobs' of a former day undignifiedly termed 'coal sacks. which explains a lot of unexplained and hitherto unexplainable things.' There is one in the north. we have only to glance at some of the grandest phenomena of the universe.000 miles. two principles one primary. given as a corollary. The reason may be that the apparatus used is generally too small. which thus becomes the cemetery of dead worlds.000.000 years and by so doing determines its magnetic polarity and likewise that of its planetary family. Foster holds that an immense bunch of electrical shafts stretches from the head to the tail. There is no need of being a Chaldean shepherd to know of that faintly luminous belt of stars which stretches obliquely across the heavens. Hence. if his attention is at all called to it. We say 'reversed' because the core carries the current from the head to the tail. the latter as the tail of the Milky Way.the utmost import which is that when two magnets are brought within each other's sphere of activity. is the sun given an electrosphere (sphere of static electricity) extending all the way . too irrelevant and indelicate to show such an effect. the other secondary. and that this greatest of all currents generates helical chains of stupendously strong magnetism in the reverse direction. at least. from north to south and coincident with the axis of the Milky Way's spiral stream of stars. it throws it into the northern coal sack. D. "Thus is the Milky Way the typical and complete form of electro-magnetism — it is the grand reversed solenoid of the heavens. "Thus. we have seen no mention of it in the ordinary textbooks. and the coil the magnetism from the tail to the head. who has made innumerable experiments in the present subject and read professional treatises thereon. another in the south. "In order to convince the reader that the above is not empty speculation vanishing into thin air like a wreath of smoke. each develops in the other four magnetic centers or foci.000. C. is very little known if known at all. Should any doubt be entertained reference can always be had to W T Foster.

"But let us look at the earth more specifically and watch the application of the supreme law of world dynamics afore-mentioned. is rotating it from west to east. Therefore the magnetism of the earth is accidentally variable. Through mutual electric currents and consequent spirals of magnetism and electrosphery are all the members of the solar system welded together into a compact whole.] one magnet develops in another under certain conditions. But these changes of magnetism being due to certain planetary configurations. Magnetism is an agency of tremendous power. the effect of the helical magnetic motion being to shift the axis of rotation several degrees away from the magnetic axis. Therefore the weather can be foretold with as much certainty. is nevertheless subject to accidental variations. Hence the sublime mistake of the various weather services in looking on the earth as an isolated body.around even beyond the confines of Neptune. a true physical consolidation of apparently independent units. is the earth constituted. owing to the solidarity of the planetary orbs. with one pole in the high north (longitude 94 degrees west of Greenwich. but which it revolves all its major and minor planets from west to east. others rather indifferent and of no consequence. In the course of time and rather frequently. with the sun at the head. and this by the law of magnetic planetary revolution. an electromagnet lying athwart its equator. This involves a sheaf of electric forces running from the north magnetic to the south magnetic pole. The electrospheres are the wings of all the heavenly bodies by which they are poised and kept on their assigned paths. will. generating a magnetic helix in the opposite direction. "Foster attributes our changes of weather to our changes of terrestrial magnetism. and each planet is given an electrosphere by which it revolves its satellites. To call this . develop considerable heat and give rise to magnetic lines of such strength that they will tax your ability to overcome. latitude 70 degrees north) and the other in the low south. if short-circuited. the same extending from the earth's center away beyond the lunar orbit. Even an insignificant current of 110 volts running through an insignificant coil attached to a meteorograph. So the earth has an electrosphere by which it carries the moon round in about 28 days. "But the terrestrial electromagnet though substantially and sufficiently constant to produce the above recited effect with marvelous uniformity and accuracy. So one will not be surprised if he is told that the helix of the earth's magnetism circulating from the south magnetic to the north magnetic pole. the planetary magnets necessarily occupy different positions in respect to one another. These different positions must tell upon the electrical forces and the ever-following magnetic forces and the four magnetic foci[. Magnets of such dimensions as here considered are serious things not to be trifled with. can be foretold with as much certainty as the configurations themselves. Through the magnetic lines of force whirling about the axis of the galaxy. Some of these positions must be critical and effective.

astrology is the height of the ridiculous. put the lid on his coffin and set a match to it. i. Third he has all the electromagnetic data amassed by Frank Bigelow of the weather bureau research commission.129 excommunicated several times by other notables and burned in effigy by a lot of nincompoops. Foster has 50 years. The labor entailed is simply a comparison of planetary configuration with a certain controlling element of the weather for a certain number of years. "The one thing ever dearly wanted in such questions is a scientific induction. Moore because he would not give up his secrets. any astronomical mathematician can get them for himself.. a gentleman who was too big for miniature geniuses. besides. The naval observatory at Washington. lately of Einstein's fame. Foster adopted them to his own purpose. "By collating all these data he reached the conclusion that the cause of our weather changes is the original elementary form of all natural operations. Even the San Francisco Call protested against the indignity. Astronomers have never spent an hour on that problem. as applied to and controlling the earth and subject to accidental modifications or variations induced from external sources. at the sweat of his brow. Yet Foster is alive and making much noise. "(Foster's philosophy of the weather and gravitation) "As an appetizer to this second article the reader should know that for nearly 50 years Foster has been the archduke of long-range weather forecasting in the United States.wikipedia. at their own cost. The Scientific American. Had he been among the Pilgrims he would have met the fate of the witches. is throwing dust into the eyes of the sophisticated. it covers as many years as you may be pleased to assign in regard to planetary configurations. but . has. An appeal to astronomers in support of such an affirmation. does and will furnish such data in the rough and. Parties driven to the wall are wont to resort to ridicule. Second. large enough to establish a means of cause and effect. not accidental. He was anathematized by Cleveland Abbe.. "Foster's scientific induction on behalf of long-range forecasting covers 100 years of weather bureau observations to get which he sneaks into the bureau's cellar of records whence he was kicked out by Chief Willis L. "More Chips from Same Block. C. To call this nonsense is affirmation without proof. . described in the foregoing article. one due to the operation of natural law. During his long career in that capacity he has. D.e. These sources are 10 129 "American meteorologist and advocate of time zones" http://en. fully earned the maledictions of the weather bureau and the chief astronomer of Canada and triumphantly passed through the fiery ordeal.

and so the moon would fall to earth. we ventured to write again. Earth. if the moon came too near the earth the latter would more efficaciously counteract or destroy the moon's lines of force than the moon would those of the earth. "Finally. Thus does Foster make short work of Einstein's space curvatures and geodesies. "A second one is that if we consider once more the grand original elemental mechanism of the physical world. and goes out by the south magnetic pole.. Lack of space forbids our expatiating upon this new topic. it is only a dense veil covering dense ignorance. Hence if a body was held in space by ether pressure. Even so. Yours truly will never do it again. the major planets Mercury. One of them dared to call his little god — the grand stupendous machinery of electromagnetism by which the Almighty runs the universe of creation — a tin-god. Jupiter. Uranus. spins the earth about its axis and determines four magnetic foci. "A third cause may be had in the fact that if bodies are held in place by electromagnetic lines of force. It was sad and ill-advised. The moment it was released it would jump to the surface.members of our solar system. knit together into a perfect whole by electromagnetic threads of force. Nor has he any use for theologians: they are all a bad lot. i. Venus. Suppose a cork was held in the water by some kind of force. Neptune and the Moon. according to that history which has made . and that pressure was expelled or disturbed by the electrosphere of a neighboring body. which. it would immediately fall into the electrosphere until stopped by superior resistance. We wrote to Foster asking that he would be more explicit about the highs and lows. the sun..e. For the nonce the question remains in status quo. Saturn. as we have already seen in the foregoing article then if these bodies came sufficiently near each other. generating a magnetic helix which runs from south pole to north pole.e. All influence coming from these bodies enters the earth by its north magnetic pole as dynamic electricity. it would fall out of the water. Hence a body is magnetically drawn to earth against the outward push of terrestrial electrical currents. The same theologians would not look through Galileo's telescope. i. He returned answer that this was an eighth grade question. not far from the equator. Such is the first cause. constitute the substance of our weather. To the same he ascribes the making of the highs and the lows. we shall find that the magnetic spiral rolls more than the cylindrical core of electric lines pushes. stating that in our day the meteorologist who has scrambled up to the eighth grade is a rare [illegible word]. the rest being mere accidents. Foster has no use for the conservation of energy. "In a few terse lines Foster explains gravitation. a large cylinder of electrical forces and a proportionately large spiral of magnetism circulating around in a reverse direction. Mars. which may come up again. For instance. after all. each would cut off the lines of force of the others and they would fall to and crush each other.

S. As for ourselves. Some five or six years ago the Rev. According to a late pronouncement of Otto Klota. The world will hear more about it. 1922. There have been some in Spain. . some in England. but a share of responsibility must go to superficial scientific observation as will be noted later on. banished it and relegated it to a safe corner somewhere in the craters of the moon. Yet the latter had never got an idea from him. 1922. Ricard of Santa Clara whom he called a plagiarist and upon whose head he would have emptied the phials of the Divine wrath. Tice also achieved some success but the naval observatory knocked him out on the axis and parallax of Vulcan. 19. 21."130 +++ [Article about Ricard:] "FATHER RICARD SPEAKS TO SCIENTISTS AT SALT LAKE "Santa Clara University Astronomer Delivers Lecture "on Long Range Forecasting and Long Range Forecasters — Upholds Practice "The following lecture was given by the Rev. C. some in France. Its devotees have been looked upon as visionaries or simpletons or unmitigated frauds. "Official science has always pooh-poohed long-range forecasting. fraught with all that is best in scientific infallibility. some in South America. Father Jerome S. had never copied a line of his. Such forecasting has been cultivated only by a very few scattered unorganized individuals. occupies a prominent place among these rare fliers in the atmosphere of the unknown and the unknowable. We have looked through Foster's telescope and seen wonders. A few other aspirations to the laurels of long range have intermittently peered on the scene but they have all died on the way or are fast doing so. He has perched his throne in the city of St. Irl Hicks held the position of chief long ranger in the middle west. March 12. 130 San Jose [CA] Mercury News. Sad failure and the ordinary almanac maker may be responsible for this utter contempt. some in this country. The session was held in Salt Lake City. the chief astronomer of Canada.a joke of history and raised an electromagnetic pile of lies about him. "I have it on the authority of the Scientific American that the United States is the happy hunting ground of these precious victims of an incurable delusion. He was a planetist like most of his predecessors or contemporaries. did not know him and saw as much of his almanac as of a midnight rainbow. we don't care to be like the rest. It has flouted it. He never had any use for J. Utah on June 22. T. W. Foster of Washington D. pp. Ricard of the University of Santa Clara at the joint meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Meteorologial Society of America. Louis.

The first one applies to a forecaster who has no scientifically established rule and is only guessing however skilfully. recommends him for after all he is a better guide than no guide at all. The conclusion aimed at is that no force external to the earth has anything to do with our weather unless it be solar energy. It is not true that the people are over-indulgent. throws him out. his failures being easily condoned or slurred over by an indulgent people. will never be a success until we know the law that governs the weather. unless we have lighted on the true cause of the phenomena. whose similar statement may be found earlier herein. H. We have been reminded also that storms follow each other so fast that they can all be ferreted by using an arithmetical series such as 2 4 6 8 10 etc. tell the times and places when and where they are operative or nonoperative. although his skill is purely personal. Even one conspicuous mistake which happens to be an error of judgment and no fault of rule. "Coming now closer to my subject it can be affirmed in general and without fear of contradiction that forecasting of any kind whether at first sight or second sight. seeing mistakes where there are none.e. Darwin wrote: 'Prediction must inevitably fail. Geo. the second originated in Mt. Hamilton. The least evidence of bungling discredits a forecaster. rather they are hypercritical. as a boy who though knowing arithmetic makes a mistake in his sums. or still better 3 6 9 12 15 etc. however. A large measure of success. Prof. a sort of instinct. or to be more precise until we know the simplicity or complexity of the weather factors and can. The doctrines of the second objection if followed to the letter will head the forecaster into an inextricable maze of [illegible word]. and to that extent incommunicable. error may yet creep in through sheer human fallibility. "Objections Weightless "These objections are weightless. 131 "Earth is Responsible "The affirmation has gone forth as authoritatively as can be that the earth under 131 Here Father Ricard is in complete agreement with Foster. Success is therefore a guarantee of the truth of the theory. . i. a fault of due application. experiential. moreover. The first objection came from the Scientific American. It may be taken for granted that no true scientist will ever deny that our weather is subject to law and that there are no whims or caprices or freaks in it. It only goes to show that astronomers need not be such fine judges in matters meteorological! I would rather have a boy from the weather bureau office."We have been told a thousand and one times that the long-sighted forecaster lives upon his happy haphazard hits. being supposed to be correct. subjective.' A weather theory. Chance does not exist.

He proved or thought he had proved that the highs which run across the United States recurred each of them at intervals of 25 days so that if one of them had entered today say between San Francisco and Portland 25 days hence it would re-enter with or without a change of locality and pretty much the same intensity. drop its moisture in the shape of torrential rains within the tropics and finally fall within the temperate zone and beyond and by so doing make the mercurial column rise. Moore took Carothers under his tutelage [and the] two together formed a forecasting corporation of which Moore was the fiscal agent and Carothers the brainy man in the cave of the winds. The expanded air would rise and travel pole-ward on each side. F.ordinary sunlight and its accompaniments is responsible for all weather changes. W. "Truth Confirmed "What Carothers deemed a necessary truth about the sun transmitting more or less heat to earth according as a rift was central or eccentric is now beautifully confirmed with certain important modifications through the holometric observations . a lawyer of Houston. which had been fathered or fostered by dignitaries of science to long-ahead prediction. after having traveled from the equator in the upper regions of the atmosphere for 18 or 19 days.. Carothers. Fate it seems was unkind to them as they have not been heard of these few years. The solar rifts were as many as the highs of the month. It is not true either that the highs run in an arithmetical progression whose difference is 25.. In order to account for the fall of those extraordinary masses of cold air from the heights above he had a singular postulate about the sun being rifted at irregular intervals along the equatorial zone and through the rifts pouring forth an extraordinary amount of heat which expanded the air and vaporized the water about the equator. But this is too general and too obscure and affords no rule for prediction. With the aid of some necessary additions. every 26 days. "This recurrence was explained by saying that large masses of pure cold air fall from the sky on a given territory on our western coast or west of that coast. This theory implied that the sun makes a synodic rotation about its axis in 25 days instead of 27. essayed to apply this idea. Moreover Carothers asked for a latitude of 24-48 hours for the arrival of certain highs encountering obstructions. There were seven or eight of these highs occasioned by such falls during the course of a month. It is a confusion of ignorance and a cry of despair. . a thing that contradicts the data of astronomy and so could gain no admittance. Ex-Chief Willis L. Once more the explanation of the laws was rather hazy difficult. Texas. namely seven or eight and each of them inflamed the equatorial earth when it stood vis-a-vis.28 since each rift had to pass before the earth every 25th day in order to make its corresponding high recur every 25th day.

Frederick E. Northern spots astride the central meridian synchronize with the arrival of storms on the Pacific coast. "3. Already has Dr. "II. the highs came in later on. two. that of the relative places of the highs and lows. "Concerning sunspots the following facts have been established during the course of nearly 22 years. then three. A common cause may intervene. B. and some of them beyond the peradventure of a doubt. 3 rest on a study of nearly 3000 spots and at least 4600 weather maps. Sunspots east or west of the central meridian do not sensibly affect our atmosphere. Southern spots astride the central meridian synchronize with the arrival of counter-storms on the Pacific coast. a mere passing glance at the writing on the wall forecasting in the near future fully in the teeth of so-called official orthodox science.of Drs Abbot132 and Fowle133 of the Smithsonian astro-physicial observatory. The old solar constant has been dethroned and the solar variant has taken its place. Here the road was blocked and there was no light to see the way out. "At the observatory of Santa Clara weather predictions by sunspots began about 1906. The solid outstanding fact concerning this opposition is that it comes from non-observers or superficial hasty observers who have no authority to speak on the subject and whose sole reliance is some speculative consideration in the form of an objection. Synchronism does not necessary imply causation. but this rule has no other limit than that of the human power of calculation. — I. both American and Canadian. Before 1914 and ever since a month ahead has been the rule. fifth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Some faint glimmerings were described on the distant horizon and forecasts have been launched accordingly. At first only the lows were considered. But the fuller and clearer truth is not in sight yet. 2. at first one week ahead. 1. 132 133 Charles Greeley Abbot. "1. Abbot announced before the National Academy of Sciences that the weather can be foretold with certainty one week in advance by means of sunspots. "2. "Thus it turns out that the thrice damned sunspots are coming to their own in spite of the noisy gossip of the opposition. . Fowle. The uphill work was very gradual. "N. One great difficulty remained. Nos.

What these rules are is a deep secret. So these ideas might be stolen and appropriated without due credit to their author.82 days. Foster. as held together in one grand network of electromagnetism subject to certain variations mostly due to varying planetary configurations that one would expect among magnets if their relative positions and distances became altered."4. He has the most comprehensive system of long range forecasting of any man in the world. "Corollary — in order to establish the relation between sunspots and some weather feature. A spot rising today will transit 6. locked up in his bosom. "Sunspots. associated with the highs and lows we may not step outside of these in casting averages of rainfall. almost 7 days. a new rule obtains. rainfall say. "Weather prediction by sunspots supposes a knowledge of their dates of transit. he coordinates and explains the grandest of earth's phenomena. he has been able to formulate a body of rules the application of which has achieved wonderful success. T. D. wet places may not be averaged with dry places. with the certainty of physical law. that of visible earthly fact. Sunpots are produced by planets in line with the sun. Thus are the spots predicted and their times of transit ascertained. Our weather bureau in Washington is doing the same. Since the spots are. with changes in the solar system as a whole. By comparing the data amassed by our weather bureau during the longest periods of its existence in different places. without a short notice about Hugh Clements of England. of Washington. "A word now about our common friend. "It would be unfair to bring this paper to a close. the only requisite being a foreknowledge of the critical planetary positions covering those periods. to say the least. This may account for the Smithsonian in Argentina issuing a weekly forecast by sunspots. his system worked out in detail the most perfect thinking I have seen. It takes in the 8 major planets. He considers that the United States government grants no patents on ideas. Weather prediction for ever increasing periods of time is done in the same way. the sun and the moon. for this country. such as storms great and . In other words. The geography of these photospheric points is well known by mathematics. but on a different basis. Planets in line with the sun make the spots where the planetary lines pierce the photosphere. His Achilles is luni-solar attraction. Weather prediction for a month requires that we know beforehand all the spots that will transit during that month and this in turn requires a prediction of the spots as a sine qua non. W. These electromagnetic variations induce a change in the electromagnetic system of the earth and thereby a change in our weather. Under our great principle. too. where the highs and lows either do not exist or have no effect. C.

as regards London. Charing Cross 1902. repeats itself for every similar or individual situation of the moon. and Magnetic Storms and Sunspots. The cycles one of which is the saros serve only as an aid to identify like positions. Clements himself wrote at least two pamphlets entitled "The Production and Prediction of Magnetic and other Storms" and "How to Predict the Weather. does the whole thing. the solar the remaining one third. earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. If it can produce tidal waves in the hydrosphere. which is so dense. for not every new moon has the same longitude and latitude and its distance may vary up to 31. has no use for sun spots. The Greenwich observatory made a sad mistake once. The conclusion leaped forth lame and limping. and why not seismic waves in the lithosphere. "Greenwich Tice and Carothers. They got an idea that if the moon controls the weather the new moon should deliver the same sort of it to any given place.e. On the one hand. not any more than Foster. His processes and conclusions would seem to deserve the full attention of any man interested in meteorology. They are combined in various ways and utilized in prediction. however. The question. the angular distance. He reminds us that the moon has three cycles. Winds. It was nevertheless lame and limping. luni-solar attraction. London. the lunar two-thirds of . Hicks. Hugh Clements may be regarded as a hero of long-range forecasting. including the sun's declination and angular distance. its parallax. On the 134 Online at http://books. the sun spot theory rests on as perfect a scientific induction as can be made.small. William Hutchinson & Co. the phasal of 19 and 62 years.360 miles from a given place. Nor does he ever omit considering the moon's transit over the meridian. 'Now we know the moon has nothing to do with the weather. Natural Law in Terrestrial Phenomena. But one half of these new moons came in wet. i. its declination.. The test was made for all the new moons of fifty years. the parallax. Trafalgar buildings. is how to reconcile them. the moon's phases are in it as much as they show its distance away from the sun. the other half dry.' The same is now floating in every breeze and any man who has the least pretension to science loudly acclaims it to his neighbors. why not air waves in the atmosphere. the nodal of 18.)134 "Hugh Clements. its angular distance from the zenith of any given place and likewise the sun's declination and angular distance. "Clements was induced to alight on the moon as the chief weather-maker by the fact that it is the chief tide-maker. which is so light. even though considerably dense? Such a momentous question had better be answered before the moon is dumped.8 years. the apsidal of 8." . the declination.6 years. which alters the parallax rather considerably. One and the same force. (See William Digby. Yet I believe there are solid elements of truth in the theories of each of them. therefore. viewed under all the fore-named aspects — the three cycles — the transit. He holds that the weather of any given spot on the earth.

Admit. to verify my dates. as well as visible. At bottom we are one. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Foster says the eight major planets. and too much honor in the Weather Bureau for it to be neglected. Santa Clara holds the planets make the spots and the latter on transiting make the highs and lows and these in turn make the weather. Say. E. as they indeed say. Abbot's bolometer. [and] it will be an invaluable supplement to the sun-spot and planet theories. too."136 +++ 135 San Jose [CA] Mercury News. 138. sun spots. I indirect. So he comes back to earth in a straight line. These are shown by spectrographs.28 days.other. Wilson) and change the synodic rotation of the sun from 25 to 27. 10. 1923. p. 6. that the moon exerts a decided influence in making air-tides and is an infallible guide in localizing weather conditions. goes around. July 15. 'Sonoras' enter the coast down south. . one of these is near Juneau. in addition. make the highs and lows. Replace the rifts of Carothers by spots. we shall be one. too much prestige. faculae and equivalents (the invisible spots of Mt. he is direct. the sun and the moon. one in the Caribbean. as magnets. the planetary theories of Foster and Hicks seem to be faultless and unerring and the moon-sun theory of Clements localizes a weather condition about as accurately as a weather map. and these affect the earth only at certain centers of magnetic intensity—not the magnetic poles. that the variable output of solar heat discovered by Dr. is due to sun spots. The High is a sand bar. and storms far south. faculae and equivalents. Blochman. Amen!"135 +++ [Ricard quoted in a report:] "Only sun spots crossing the solar meridian affect the earth. I in a broken line. and we say all be one. it will help to verify my dates by storms far north. pp. 1922. like a ship. I want to see the world weather map restored. which the Low. We must not neglect this—there is too much respectability. Oct. if blocked by Highs they go far to the south. 136 "Forecast Values of Lows Entering Directly Off the California Coast in September and October and The Forecast Value of Good Summer Rains at San Diego" by L. There are invisible.

Jagger. — Earthquakes not only will be predicted in the future.' he contended. director of the University of Santa Clara observatory. "Of the attitude of the public and even of the scientific world toward the theory advanced by Marchand.' "Professor Porta's death determined "Father Ricard to resume the study predicting earthquakes.. the Jesuit astronomer said: 'It is hard for the layman. Feb. . noted as a weather prophet. and as usual his idea was greatly ridiculed. east or west. "'Earthquakes. in answer to an assertion made in Washington recently by Dr. Unfortunately he died without perfecting his system. even among scientists. "By Associated Press "Santa Clara. But this proves only the limitation of the human mind and its great ignorance." spectacularly located in the Pyrenees in the southwest of France. Ricard. J. Some time before 1900 Hugh Clements in London held firmly that earthquakes were caused by the joint action of the sun and the moon. head of "l'Observatoire du Pic du Midi de Bigorre. Cal. S. On this idea Clements explained the great earthquakes. but actually have been forecast in the past. to see a casual nexus. that continued study of seismological data will enable scientists to send out warnings of the approach of tremblors. or connection. or happening in the vicinity.[Article about Ricard:] "FORECASTING QUAKES POSSIBLE. Professor Albert Porta. "Father Ricard.137 a Frenchman. is known as 'the Padre of the Rains. said Father Jerome S.. particularly the disastrous Lisbon tremblor. Jr. became imbued with the findings and continued the study until his death last year. Thomas A. government scientist. 25 years ago. DECLARES CALIFORNIA EXPERT "Scientists Able to Give Warning of Earth Tremblers by Close Observation. 137 Émile Marchand. by means of sun spots. 22.' "According to Father Ricard.' and his theory of the relation of sun spots to the weather has attracted wide attention. Marchand was not the only astronomer to see the relation between earthquakes and sun spots. Our findings were that a sun spot crossing the central meridian. between sun spots and earthquakes. professed physicist though he be. 'were first predicted by Marchand. "'We took up the same idea here at Santa Clara and tested it until 1914. always synchronized with accounts of earthquakes somewhere on the globe given out by the press. of this observatory.. or sun spots and weather.

1924. 13. that the moon has influence on atmospheric tides capable of inducing barometric rises and falls along certain lines of the earth. the new study should aid in long-range forecasting. Feb."Father Ricard also announced that he had begun the study of the possible relation of the moon to the direction of storms. . 22. If it is found. he explained."138 138 The Niagra Falls [NY] Gazette. p.

We shall watch the working out of Prof.Appendix VII Warren Fay Carothers (articles about him) +++ "THE LAW OF THE WEATHER?" "Prof. . thence pass high overhead to northern latitudes.' The sun's axial rotation of twenty-five days makes the serial period of weather fluctuations on this planet. of course. that the sun is the prime agent of the weather. CAROTHERS says he has checked up ninety-two successive 'highs' on his weather map.'"139 +++ 139 "The Law of the Weather?. become chilled. the meteorologist of Houston. consisting of 'deviations in path and intensity of the movement. These. Scattered about the rotating solar disk are relatively hot areas which produce upheavals of heated air at the earth's equator. "Prof. but we note doubtfully what he says about variations from it. believes he has discovered the law by which the tornadoes that visited this and other localities on Easter Sunday cavort. We have always known. which at present are very difficult to anticipate. rising to the higher strata. if true. All the rest came within forty-eight hours." The New York Times. The twenty-five-day law is interesting. CAROTHERS. precipitate their moisture in the tropics. where they come down in cold waves called 'highs. April 9. The sun. outdoing the Government service by almost twenty-five days. The meteorologists have been telling us from some time that the dry spells in Kansas are due to periodical sun-spot activities coming in eleven and fifteen year cycles. 1912. Texas. The professor is establishing a forecasting service for long-range predictions in the southwest. revolves upon its axis. and eighty of them arrived on the day called for by this newly observed law of serial periodicity. like the earth. CAROTHER's hypothesis in Texas.

Tex. which come with variations each twenty-five days. in Houston. "The first conclusions reached by Professor Carothers in common with other investigators. whether by heat. including the present chief of the federal weather bureau. and he believes that under actual service over a long period he will be able to demonstrate that his theories are correct.. These movements were known to originate near the poles and to move almost around the earth. "Professor Carothers took up the work of meteorology many years ago and through it was led into a study of the sun. but did not know just how it acted. Carothers of the Carothers observatory. were that the periods of high barometer dominated those of the cyclonic or low barometer and that the cold temperature that marked high barometlc periods came from higher altitudes. Professor W. "First Conclusions. "Houston (Tex. He devised a tabulating disk that is now well known to students of the sun and recorded the observable changes on the sun in its revolution."TO TELL WEATHER 25 DAYS AHEAD "Prof. For two years he has been comparing his observations of the sun with the change of the weather and has decided that changes there and in conditions here closely correspond. F. Professor Carothers has long been studying this problem and has written articles on the subject that have attracted wide attention among scientific men. magnetism or attraction. "Working on the theory that certain highly heated-areas on the sun are the causes of marked changes in the atmospheric conditions of the earth and that the influence of these areas can be determined ahead of time.) Observatory Man Believes Hot Areas on the 8un Cause Periodical Changes in Our Atmospheric Conditions. plans to make weather forecasts twentyfive days ahead for the southwest. He declares he has established a law of 'serial periodicity' in the high barometric conditions. "Next the observer turned to the sun as a means of solving the problem. The work at Houston was begun with an inquiry into the weather movements which constantly sweep across northern latitudes. consisting of a sort of cyclonic forerunner marked by strong winds. corresponding with the revolution of the sun. When he began this work meteorologists had a theory that the sun was responsible for great weather changes. Carothers Will Attempt Forecasts Long In Advance. rain or snow and a low barometer and followed by a cold and clearing spell marked by a high barometer. "In a discussion of the matter Professor Carothers thus explains the further . "WORKING ON NEW THEORIES.

and the law of their coming may be properly termed the 'central law of the weather. where they come down as cold waves. I recall checking up ninety-two successive 'highs' on the weather maps.theory on which he is working: "'Now we come to the part of my work which is as yet an unconfirmed hypothesis. and hence the coming of the movements in serial periods of twenty-five days. and thence they pass high above our heads to the northern latitudes. producing rain or snow. but announcement has been made by two of the leading solar observatories that just such effects have been tentatively discovered.'" 140 140 The Auburn Citizen. and none was more than forty-eight hours off. where it is chilled. These uplifts carry the surface air to upper heights. "Theory Explained. Thus it is that the cold waves produce all of the pronounced weather changes.' he says — "that is. The location and measurement of the intensity of these areas are necessary to perfect the matter of long range forecasting. April 17. 12 (and other newspapers printing the same article). that this serial periodicity is caused by relatively hot areas scattered around the revolving disk of the sun.000 for a special expedition to new fields to make further tests.' Every time the sun turns around on its axis these upheavals recur. of which eighty came on the day called for by the law and the majority of the others within twenty-four hours. I have found a latitude of twenty-four to forty-eight hours for predicted local changes to take effect as necessary. though useful results are even now possible.' "'The variations consist of deviations in path and intensity of the movement. These are forced by the heat into high upper strata. "'My hypothesis explains the origin of the advance cyclonic movements on the theory that the downpours spoken of cause uplifts on the sides with an upward suction which we know as cyclones. or 'highs. though it is not always needed by any means. the moisture is precipitated (it rains daily at the heat equator). p. which in passing so as to face the earth directly produce extra upheavals of heated air at our equator. I know they are on the right track. Therefore. where a chilling takes place. which at present are very difficult to anticipate. . in making forecasts based on the laws. 1912. "'That such relatively hot areas existed on the sun could not be proved readily. and congress has appropriated $5.

shipping and land transportation which will be saved annually if our observers do prove able to say with accuracy what the weather will be for two or three weeks ahead. with all of the facilities of a great government institution. Prime Ministers and Generals who are butchering Europe put in one basket together. Sc. p. Texas. F. Carothers is of more value to mankind than all the Kings. "For eighteen years as chief of the United States Weather Bureau I sought. George Washington University. to solve the problem of the law that I knew must be back of the initiation of storms. "Such a man as this Mr. Moore's announcement that W. Kaisers. "Professor Meteorology. D. Formerly Chief Weather Bureau. We shall assume that Mr. American141 +++ "New Discovery in Solar Physics Makes It Possible "to Predict The Weather Weeks in Advance "BY WILLIS LUTHER MOORE. Carothers has discovered the law of weather is extraordinarily interesting..+++ "VERY REMARKABLE AND USEFUL DISCOVERY "Professor Willis L. And we are sure that no greater service has been rendered to civilization in a century. "It would be hard to overguess the enormous amount of loss to crops. Carothers has discovered the law of weather. it seems. 1916." — N. Y. Carothers. and that these pulsations can be accurately measured and the weather accurately forecast for many days in advance. He has demonstrated to Professor Moore's satisfaction that the cause of weather variations is pulsations in solar intensity. I constructed the weather research 141 The Fulton [NY] Evening Times. with an observatory of his own in Houston. . "Mr. March 9. "Professor Moore is a high authority not apt to be deceived. "An element of safety would then be introduced into commerce and production which would be cheap at the price of many hundreds of millions. is a private student of meteorology. 2.

which makes it possible to make forecasts two and three weeks in advance with higher accuracy than can be made from an ordinary meteorological chart for two days in advance. "Cyclones and Anti-Cyclones Traced Back to Sun's Activities. so that I might locate all the storms of land or ocean on any given date and trace the sequence of storms and cold waves from their beginning to their ending. "By this system each and every one of the cyclones and anti-cyclones that constitute our weather may be traced back to certain activities of the sun that it is possible now definitely to measure. There are hot.. Abbot. and collected and discussed the available data which might be expected to show the relation that subsists. The splendid work of C. which always is present in more or less degree between 4 and 10 a. they will have but a small percentage of error and will enable one to know weeks in advance the general character of the weather and to get detailed forecasts that will have a higher degree of accuracy than he has had heretofore. sailed free balloons with instruments frequently to nineteen miles altitude and received the instruments back again under parachutes. daily plotted observations collected from around the entire Northern Hemisphere. Here and there the pent up heat of the interior bursts through these clouds and creates a rift or opening which emits heat in excess of the hot adjacent photosphere. luminous.m. Most investigators have been confused and lost in an interminable jungle by trying to correlate weather of the earth with a twenty-seven day rotation period which the photosphere seems to have and to trace the relation of spots. between solar activities or planetary positions and the weather of the earth — but all without definite success until I became associated with W. by sending out shafts of extra heat disturb the otherwise orderly processes of the seasons and create turbulent gyrations in our atmosphere that we call storms and cold waves. each day at the equator and for some degrees north and south. When this new system is adopted by the government or other institutions for the making of predictions there will result a saving of hundreds of millions to the farmer and to the man who works out-of-doors. has shown the variable character of the sun's heat and that certain spots radiate more than other parts of the surface of the sun. of the Smithsonian Institution. G. Carothers has discovered a most wonderful and ingenious way of locating these rifts through the action that they exercise on the morning rise of the barometer. at least at the equator and beneath the . These rifts. Carothers of Houston. prominences and faculae and variations in magnetic conditions to storms of the earth. metallic clouds surrounding the sun. after the balloons had exploded. who has undoubtedly discovered the central law of the weather. flew kites carrying self-recording thermometers and barometers daily to altitudes of two to over four miles high.observatories at Mount Weather. if any. Virginia. called the photosphere. While the forecasts will not be perfect. He has also determined them by direct observations of the sun. F. Carothers found that the sun. Tex. measured the height and velocity of clouds by means of theodolite observations.

But. "A working hypothesis that satisfies the requirements of science with regard to these discoveries may be stated as follows: "That the passage of the earth through a shaft of extra heat expands the lower air at the equator. and that there are never less than five nor more than eight of the heat rifts previously referred to. As they come down they rotate in an anti-cyclonic manner and cause ascending cyclonic storms to form on both their eastern and western sides. We know to the fraction of a day the time required for these air masses from the equator to complete their overhead journey and come to the earth on our western border. have their northward movement checked and settle down to the earth in the form of cool or cold waves in the middle latitudes or near the Arctic Circle. They. settling over continents in winter and over oceans in summer. They move along certain fairly well defined routes in accordance with the general hemispherical circulation of tho atmosphere. It is nearly three weeks in length. with varying degrees of intensity. and each cross our central meridian every twenty-five days. Much preliminary work had been done by myself and others. and that they may retain their position and existence for many months. we may look with certainty for its return at the end of twenty-five days and for the cool weather conditions that in each case will follow in due time. break loose and slide down the incline toward the poles. or more than a year. They may pass away and others form. much more than it does at high latitudes. because the plane on which they slide is steeper over land in winter and over oceans in summer. somewhat like avalanches of snow on a mountain side. because they have been chilled and had their moisture squeezed out by the cold of elevation before they started on their northward circuit from the equator. moist air that they force upward. are dry. . "A Working Hypothesis to Satisfy Requirements of Science. "Having located a heat rift on the sun. and it is found that their intensities are directly proportional to the strength of the solar rifts. causing the air in the tropics to bulge upward until huge masses. but Carothers. each one of our storms and cold waves can now be traced back to one of these heat pulsations of the sun. or several of them. Mr. These masses crowd each other because of the converging of the meridians of longitude. and must therefore result in great benefit to mankind and a wonderful conservation of human energy. as previously stated. at time.photosphere. themselves. and thus indirectly produce rain and snow fall by the warm. Carothers has discovered the length of the interval between the passage of a rift and the appearance of a cold wave in the western part of the United States. rotates in twenty-five days and not twenty-seven. With experience and improved methods of observation the forecasts made by this system will certainly yield a far higher accuracy than any previously known and for a much longer period.

first depend upon the persistence of certain high and low areas of pressure in one locality or another. and all the other climatic differences. and these may be due to the solar radiation. months. it is reasonable to expect that with the continuation of the extremely valuable work of Abbot and the interpretations of Carothers and other meteorologists.with his ingenuity. nor upon days. which itself changes with the output of energy from the interior of the sun. whose life and happiness depend so largely upon the weather. "There have been so many charlatans making long-range forecasts. and persons making similar predictions whose work showed that they were ignorant of the most elementary knowledge of science that I have not given my indorsement to this project until I became convinced that it would stand the test of scientific inquiry. wet and dry seasons. which finally culminate in a certain type of season. we shall soon be able to foresee the general character of the seasons a year in advance. the entire field of cosmical processes form a complex problem which especially concerns the meteorologist. is a great variable star. In this connection. warm and cold summers and winters. because the changes in the action of the atmosphere of the sun precede the variations of the earth's air. "Now that we are for the first time able to refer our weather directly back to the sun and begin to trace some definite laws where for so long only chaos seemed to reign. and by him should be studied out for the benefit of mankind. I am so far convinced of the importance of finding out the laws of this . but these effects are too slight to have any appreciable influence in storm formation. Thus. I may quote from my annual report of 1908. Thus. with some feelings of satisfaction. The study of the records of all the various forms of solar activity indicate that the sun. Moore Convinced That Carothers' Discovery Will Stand Test of Scientific Inquiry. and that terrestrial weather may change in cynchronism with it. upon the actions of animals or plants. cycles or movements of the moon. meteorology is really a closely-allied but difficult branch of solar physics. In short. "Mr. "The meteorologists of the world are practically agreed that systems of longrange weather forecasting that depend upon planetary meteorology have no proper basis. It is as follows: "'The science of meteorology is not to be confined to the atmosphere of the earth. in fact. The moon and perhaps the planets exact some influence upon atmospheric tides. and it ought to be studied with the aid of a fully equipped observatory devoted especially to such research. seasons and years. furnished the key to unlock the door. showing that I had anticipated the result now accomplished. upon stellar influences or star divinations. neither have those that are predicated upon the phases.

. 3. . 1916. that it has been thought proper to found a research observatory at Mount Weather. Va."142 142 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 12. p.' "It is a significant commentary at this time to say that Mount Weather is now abandoned. and equip it suitably for these investigations.cosmical physics. by which alone the problem can be solved.

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