Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes

Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes

by Kerry Emanuel
     
 

Imagine standing at the center of a Roman coliseum that is 20 miles across, with walls that soar 10 miles into the sky, towering walls with cascades of ice crystals falling along its brilliantly white surface. That's what it's like to stand in the eye of a hurricane.
In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us

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Imagine standing at the center of a Roman coliseum that is 20 miles across, with walls that soar 10 miles into the sky, towering walls with cascades of ice crystals falling along its brilliantly white surface. That's what it's like to stand in the eye of a hurricane.
In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history, thwarting military incursions and changing the course of explorations. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how such benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. For instance, he describes the 17th-century hurricane that likely inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest and that led to the British colonization of Bermuda. We also read about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, by far the worst natural calamity in U.S. history, with a death toll between 8,000 and 12,000 that exceeded the San Francisco earthquake, the Johnstown Flood, and the Okeechobee Hurricane co Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, frommbined. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity. Its fascinating blend of history, science, and art will appeal to weather junkies, science buffs, and everyone who read Isaac's Storm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195149418
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
842,073
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Kamikaze3
2Anatomy of a meteorological monster7
3Huracan18
4The tropical hothouse23
5Columbus's hurricane30
6The tropical downpour34
7France gives up La Floride, 156538
8The trade winds41
9The tempest49
10Nature's steam engine54
11The hurricanes of 178063
12Hurricane intensity72
13Galveston, 190083
14Genesis93
15Miami, 1926104
16Death and transfiguration109
17Their eyes were watching God : San Felipe and the Okeechobee disaster of 1928117
18Taking aim : how hurricanes move125
19The Labor Day hurricane of 1935136
20The storm surge147
21The great New England hurricane of 1938155
22Waves165
23Bull Halsey's typhoons174
24Rain182
25The hunters193
26Hurricane Camille205
27Into the maelstrom : a photo essay213
28The great East Pakistan cyclone of November 1970221
29Forecasting hurricanes227
30Cyclone tracy240
31Hurricane Andrew, 1992245
32Hurricanes and climate252
App. INotable tropical cyclones
App. IIHurricane records
App. IIIVortex on a chip

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