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The ultimate guide to the planet-altering effects of extreme weather, featuring full-color photos and fascinating explanations of how weather systems work--now in paperback
Recent decades have brought record temperatures, devastating storms, and killer waves, which have in turn spurred widespread curiosity about how such weather systems develop. Organized by weather event--including hurricanes, winter storms, lightning, tornadoes, floods, heat waves, and more--Extreme Weather takes an eye-popping look at exactly how meteorological systems work and evenhandedly discusses the impact human activity has had in altering both weather and climate.
H. Michael Mogil presents the results of his 35 years of meteorological research in a comprehensive overview of extreme weather systems, noting historical trends as well as what to expect in the future. He also explains how many events occur because the earth's environment self-regulates, while others may be influenced by such factors as rising temperatures in cities, deforestation, and population increases. Hundreds of color photographs, detailed charts and graphs, and fascinating sidebars make Extreme Weather essential reading for anyone interested in the physical forces that shape our planet.
"Extreme Weather stands out for its thoughtful and unsensational treatment of weather." --Financial Times
"Timely...eye-opening!" --Philadelphia Inquirer
A fascinating and easy-to-understand exploration of hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, heat waves, and more, complete with hundreds of full-color photographs and descriptive illustrations, charts, and graphs.
Category 5 hurricanes, deadly tsunamis, record-high winds; now more than ever it seems that andquot;extreme weatherandquot; has become a reality and a concern throughout the worldand#8212;and in our own backyard. While these natural events are frightening, few of us really understand what causes themand#8212;and we're left to wonder how and where disaster might strike next, what we can do to protect ourselves, and whether such things can be prevented.
Extreme Weatheranswers these questions and many more in a thorough, scientific, yet absolutely clear and easy-to-understand manner. Along with numerous color photos and illustrations, each weather phenomenon is accompanied by comprehensive visual aids that make learning about the subject as easy as it is fun. Organized by weather-related events including hurricanes, winter storms, lightning, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods,and heat waves, the book explores weather patterns and other factors that contribute to extreme climate conditions. It offers an unprecedented, comprehensive picture of where our weather is headed tomorrow and in the future.
A fascinating and easy-to-understand exploration of hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, heat waves, and other forms of extreme weather, this volume comes complete with hundreds of full-color photographs and descriptive illustrations, charts, and graphs.
About the Author
H. Michael Mogil is a certified consulting meteorologist who has been practicing meteorology and educating students for more than 35 years. He served as consultant to the Discovery Channel's Weather Field Guide and has conducted dozens of teacher training workshops and graduate courses in meteorology. He is the author of Tornadoes. He lives in Florida.