The book starts out with the weather conditions which spawned this tornado. It tells about what type of damage was sustained and names the citizens who suffered losses.
This is interesting history about African Americans. The Society of Friends ran an underground railroad and hosted abolition talks. Just 14 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, most of the African Americans listed here (former slaves) are now property owners and independent farmers.
This appears to be some type of old weather almanac. They list folk lore with rhymes about forecasting the weather. "Ring around the sun or moon, rain or snow soon". They present it as an exact science.
The first part of the book is the author's plea for the coast guard stations and all ships to have a barometer to avoid bad weather and shipwrecks. They had a lot of boats unknowingly going out while storms were brewing, with loss of lives and property.
The rest of the book is invaluable for amateurs who want to forecast the weather themselves. It explains how a barometer works and how to forecast based on barometer readings, wind direction, and cloud signs.