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    Brontophobia

    Fear of lightning/thunder

    Syzygy

    The nearly straight-line configuration that occurs twice a month, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction (on the same side of Earth at the new Moon) and when they are in opposition (on opposite sides of Earth at the full Moon). In both cases, the gravitational effects of the Sun and the Moon reinforce each other, and tidal range is increased.

    Anemometer

    An instrument to measure the speed of the wind.

    Hail

    Hail falls mainly in the summer. It forms in thunderstorm clouds, which can extend high into the atmoshpere where extremely cold temperatures prevail. When a cloud releases rain, the rain can be forced upward, where it freezes into tiny ice pellets. If updrafts keep buffeting the pellets, layer upon layer of frozen water will be added to the pellets until, finally, hailstones are released.

    Leeway

    The lateral movement of a ship to the leeward of her course; drift.

    Equinox

    When the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This occurs two times each year: Vernal around March 21 and Autumnal around September 23.

    Ancraophobia

    Fear of wind

    Bilge

    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.


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