The Knowsley Hall.— Serious fears for the safety of this ship are felt in Lyttelton. She is a large first-class iron vessel of over 1,700 tons register, only on her second voyage, and is now nearly 150 days out. She has on board the balance of the iron work ordered by the County Council for the Rangitata Traffic Bridge. Weather Forecasts. Captain Edwin’s fifth annual report on the storm warnings and weather forecasts issued by his department, and their results, has been presented to Parliament. It shows that the direction of the wind was correctly predicted in 87 per cent of cases, the barometer movement in 76 per cent, and the state of the sea in 72 per cent of cases. Of the warnings for force of coming winds only 43 6 per cent were verified, but it must be remembered that as Captain Edwin puts it : —“The results of forecast of barometer movement and the wind direction are the best tests of the weather forecast, as few places are exposed to all winds, and it therefore follows that should gales prevail from which many of the stations are protected by the formation of the adjacent country, the force as given in the returns will naturally be lower than would otherwise be the case ; but the movement of the barometer would not be affected by these conditions : thus showing that, although no bad weather may have been experienced at the station which received the warning, yet there is great probability that other places in the vicinity have experienced it. ” Cn the other hand, the gales experienced without any previous warning being given amounted only to per cent. This in itself is an unanswerable testimony to the usefulness of the department, and the value of Captain Edwin’s services.
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