Seasonable Weather - Lionel P. SmithGeorge Allen & Unwin, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with a triangular tear, and a shorter closed tear, to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The weather is always news. It enters into all our lives and dictates many of our actions. This present volume not only reviews the British weather since 1850, but takes a much wider view of the weather as a whole and of our attitude towards it. Myths and folk lore are analysed in the light of the weather records of the past century, and while many ‘old wives tales’ are shown to be pure fiction, others are seen to contain at least a modicum of truth.
A unique feature of this book is the series of photographic records of flowers such as snowdrops and daffodils, and trees such as the chestnut and the beech. These plants were photographed on a particular day every year for thirty years, and show how the varying nature of past seasons has affected our gardens.
The author is widely known as a writer and broadcaster, and at present holds the highest international post in his subject — the presidency of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology in the World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations Technical agency. He gives us here the answers to such questions as: Were Victorian summers always sunny? and does a mild winter mean a wet summer?, and also a totally fascinating record of the British weather, the temperate nature of which may, after all, be its redeeming feature.”