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A strong south-westerly wind off the Pacific Ocean. This wind can bring heavy rain and flooding to the Pacific Northwest during winter.


An instrument that measures direct solar radiation.


A lawless military adventurer, especially one in quest of plunder; a freebooter; -- originally applied to buccaneers infesting the Spanish American coasts, but introduced into common English to designate the followers of Lopez in his expedition to Cuba in 1851, and those of Walker in his expedition to Nicaragua, in 1855. A tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches


The erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random -- like the Man in the Moon or animals in cloud formations or religious images in tortillas.

Sun Fast/Slow

When a sundial reading is behind (slow) or ahead of (fast) clock time.


The protuberant part of a cask, which is usually in the middle. Also the part of a ship's hull or bottom which is broadest and most nearly flat.


A post on a dock or shore, around which a rope is thrown to check the motion of a vessel.

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