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Midsummer Day

June 24. Although it occurs near the summer solstice, to the farmer this day is the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvest and an occasion for festivity. The English church considered it a "Quarter Day," one of the four major divisions of the liturgical year. It also marks the feast day of St. John the Baptist.

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    Diurnal Tide

    A tide with one high water and one low water in a tidal day of approximately 24 hours.


    A quick, rolling movement; a gallop. To boil with a continued bubbling or heaving and rolling, with noise.


    Named for the Roman god of war, Mars. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter.


    The Moon or a planet appears on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun (elongation 180°).

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

    Cumulonimbus cloud

    Large, dark, vertical cloud with bulging top that brings showers, thunder, and lightning.


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

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