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Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Bookby Christopher C Burt
Synopses & Reviews
THERE ARE FEW THRILLS as exciting as weather at its worst. We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of global warming? The facts are in this book. Extensively illustrated with color photographs of some of the most extreme weather ever captured on camera, dozens of color maps, and tables of weather records for over three hundred U.S. cities, this book is both an entertainment and an indispensable reference. Also included are historical examples of some of the more bizarre weather events observed: heat bursts, electrified dust storms, snow rollers, pink snowstorms, luminous tornadoes, falls of fish and toads, ball lightning, super bolts, and other strange meteorological events. Here's the must-have book for Weather Channel and "Guinness Book of World Records fans.
"Weather-watchers will rejoice in this lavishly illustrated compendium of the hottest, coldest, wettest, driest, windiest, snowiest, wildest and weirdest weather on the planet. Burt, an amateur meteorologist and publisher of the Compass American Guidebook series, explores extreme weather phenomena in digestible mini-essays complemented by sidebars on such oddities as colored snow and luminous tornadoes. The whole is supplemented by maps, lists of destructive storms, and photos of towering thunderheads, raging floodwaters and the devastated remains of human settlement. The focus is on the United States, thunderstorm and tornado capital of the world thanks to the Great Plains collision between warm, moist Gulf air and cool, dry Canadian air. But Burt also looks at meteorological problem areas abroad, such as Bangladesh, where cyclonic storm surges killed 300,000 — 500,000 people in 1970 and a further 139,000 in 1991. In addition to regaling readers with prodigies, Burt exhaustively tabulates weather records for each state and for hundreds of U.S. cities. Although his discussion of the science behind the weather tends toward the cursory, this eminently browsable blizzard of sensational facts will delight budding meteorologists and barroom wagerers alike. Forecast: The dramatic photos, colorful charts and juicy graphs — not to mention the large font and accessible vocabulary — should make this a hit with weather-heads of all ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Made visually lively with an abundance of color photos and maps, this book presents informative text on various weather conditions--heat, drought, cold, floods, thunderstorms, windstorms, tornadoes, fog--but its heart is its many-faceted collection of extreme weather data for some 300 US cities, presented in tables. Burt, an afficionado of extreme weather statistics since boyhood, studied meterology in college and then became an author and publisher (he founded the Compass American Guides series). This compendium will be attractive to anyone bitten by a similar bug, as well as those with milder enthusiasm.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Extensively illustrated with color photographs of some of the most extreme weather ever captured on camera, dozens of color maps, and tables of weather records for more than 300 U.S. cities, this book is both an entertainment and an indispensable reference.
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