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The text describes how in the night from the 26th to the 27th, at around 11pm, there was a terrible hail storm that lasted for about an hour. Both the size and the quantity of the hail was exceptional. The effects were devastating: the grapes in the wine fields were destroyed, the trees in the gardens were ravaged. In the morning the author went into the countryside and found more than 6,000 birds killed by the hail. Altogether, the author thought he had no other choice than to report on the matter. Includes one page of figures of the hail.

Subject: Meteorology

Read to the Royal Society on 3 November 1686.

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03 November 1686
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Ink on paper
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4 pages

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Robert Boyle

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Robert Boyle, Paper, 'Account of great haile fallen in France' by Robert Boyle, 03 November 1686, CLP/4i/48, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 18 July 2024

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