In "The Age of Wonder" I read the puzzling fact(?) that there was no concept of "the weather" before the romantic era. Can anyone remember mentions of "the weather", i.e. something that has moods and changes daily, in something written before 1800s?

@coldwave not exactly sure what qualifies as a mention, but maybe the following has a reference that applies:

@coldwave The German language has something between weather and climate called "Witterung". It spans from a few days to a season.

@VictorVenema @coldwave is this something like seasonality? Like if I say, e.g., "autumn will be dry and cold"?

@pybonacci @coldwave Season is the upper limit. You can include it, but I think it is not the common use of the term. But I am not a native speaker and the term is not used much.

@VictorVenema @pybonacci I know describing "seasons" in art is much older because i can think of some examples, for example it's April in Canterbury Tales. but can't think of any "it was a stormy/sunny day" for mood in literature, except if it's a sign from god(s) and a plot point.

@coldwave @pybonacci I know some pretty old paintings and drawings of severe weather events (destroying towns). But in words they may naturally not have described this as weather.

@naga the book, on scientists of the romantic era, was very limited to England

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