Alternatively known as Ceraunoscopia and Keraunoscopy.
The art and practice of divining the past, the present and the future by the examination of certain phenomena of the air, such as thunder and lightning, which at one time were believed to be a sign from or a direct communication with the gods and/or other mystical entities.
In the Middle Ages, people believed that thunder and lightning in the winter were the portents of war, floods and also of the death of someone important, usually living within a twenty miles radius of the occurrence.
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