Equinoctial gales


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Equinoctial gales high gales popularly supposed to prevail about the times of the equinoxes—the belief is unsupported by observation
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. æquus, equal, nox, noctis, night.


In literature:

There began the sea, the tumult of which could be distinctly heard during the equinoctial gales.
"The Underground City" by Jules Verne
It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales had set in with exceptional violence.
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Part of the cliff had been partially beaten down, no doubt, by the sea in some equinoctial gale.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
The weather was dull, and the sea, forefeeling the approach of the equinoctial gales, was restless and heaving.
"An Iceland Fisherman" by Pierre Loti
It was the equinoctial gales we came in for.
"The Lady From The Sea" by Henrik Ibsen
The equinoctial gales come back again.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
From the middle of March it looked as if the equinoctial gales were over, for we had quite fine weather all the way to Buenos Aires.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
The captain thought it prudent to refuse, and to seek shelter from an equinoctial gale in the harbor of Flecknoe.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
I don't know if you remember that equinoctial gale that blew about the 18th or 19th.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
I was sure that this was the beginning of the equinoctial gale.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Late vernal equinoctial gales contemporary with the gowk or cuckoo.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It continued to be dry and free from equinoctial gales.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The equinoctial gales died away in a flood of rain, and the fine weather came back.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
We entered Table Bay on the 20th of March, and on the next day we had the usual equinoctial gale.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
The equinoctial gale of the spring of liberty swept through Europe, and general shipwreck ensued.
"Withered Leaves. Vol. III.(of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
We have got the equinoctial gales with rain.
"The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton" by Mrs. Russell Barrington
Later, a lightning bolt destroyed one; two years after, an equinoctial gale blew the other half across the mossy roof.
"A Speckled Bird" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
It is now the 13th of September, and the Wanderer has been storm-stayed here for days by equinoctial gales.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Each year towards the close of the equinoctial gales, his coach has clattered over the cobbles of Curtain Wells.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
A heavy equinoctial gale was blowing from the south-west.
"The School Friends" by W.H.G. Kingston