been falling from detached clouds all around the horizon since noon or before. Slight rain at sundown and later. August 25, 1911. Fine, calm, clear. Glorious white cumuli, fluffy, wooly, much divided up to 1:00 P.M. Smaller and dull, rainy in distance ahead and on either hand. Sea dimpled; waves small; few curled, spangling, throbbing. Heavy rain, lasted about ten minutes, toward evening. A grand sight. Stilled the small wavelets on the larger waves, which were mostly unbroken swells that made the ship pitch to height of about twenty feet, while the pattering of the rather large drops whitened all the sea and made it look oily. There was no lightning, though the temperature was high. Lat. About 6 deg. N. Cleared partially at sunset. Rain seems wasted on the sea, but of course it must require irrigation for various purposes, to keep the globe in order, and in beauty.
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
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