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Air & Climate

The Climate of the Society Isles differs very little from that of the Leeward Islands, and may be calld (after Changing the Seasons one being in North & the othe[r] South Latitude) the same — during the Six Months that the Sun is to the Southward of the Equator, the Weather is unsetled and the Wind Variable and when the Sun Draws nearly over head the Rainy Season begins and continues with intermissions while it is passing to the South & repassing to the Northward which is Generally from October till April — in this season the Westerly Wind is the most prevailing and it sometimes Blows very hard & brings with it a heavy Sea, and when the North or South Wind happens to prevail it generally brings much Thunder & Lightning with it, and the rain falls in deluges, swelling the rivers so as to overflow the low land in a few hours, bringing large trees from the Mountains, and tumbling Huge Rocks before it — and frequently Carrying away the Houses of the Natives into the Sea, however the loss they sustain is not great and they are generally supplyd with plenty of Timber for Fuel without the trouble of going to the Hills for it — as the Westerly Winds bring

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