Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

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Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones covers all major aspects of tropical cyclone activity. More than 200 extensively cross-referenced A-Z entries define technical terms and offer narrative accounts of history's major tropical storms. Coverage includes: meteorological terms and instruments relating to these storms; biographical data on key figures in the history of hurricane scholarship; geographical highlights; the history of individual storms and their effects on civilization; the culture and folklore of cyclonic storms; methods of tracking and data accumulation; and an analysis of tropical storm structure and development. A 700-year chronology of global tropical cyclone activity is included, as are detailed appendixes on such subjects as plotting and tracking approaching hurricane and other storm systems.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
For those who have a curiosity about storms, really big, bad storms, this compilation of facts, statistics and technical information is the place to go. Longshore has included plenty of technical definitions (barometer, barometric pressure, millibar, etc.) and an A to Z of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. The entries describe each storm and frequently include black-and-white photographs of the aftermath. It is amazing to see grounded ships, demolished buildings and even an airplane deposited on the top of a building--all due to the tremendous power of the wind and water that these storms whip up. Certain entries focus on geographic areas and discussions of the events leading up to, during and after a major storm. The weather maps depict the storm's course, duration, strength and where it made landfall. There is an update covering storms since the first edition, and appendices that include a chronological list of storms, storm tracking form, list of named storms, as well as an extensive bibliography and index. 2000 (orig. 1998), Checkmark, Ages 10 up, $19.95. Reviewer: Charlie Wyman
Library Journal
This source contains over 200 articles describing the science, history, and culture of cyclonic storms. These articles are fairly brief and are sometimes accompanied by maps, photographs, and drawings. Topics include meteorological terms and instruments, geographical highlights, the history of individual cyclones, culture and folklore, and cyclone structure and development. However, as the author is a historian, the information is predominantly historical, with the science given a more cursory treatment. Appendixes provide hurricane safety procedures, a 700-year chronology of cyclone activity, a sample hurricane tracking chart, and a list of named hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, and tropical storms. The useful index provides adequate cross-referencing. Although name cycles are given through the year 2000 under each individual letter, a convenient list of hurricane names for a season is conspicuously missing. It is also curious that the author chose to provide tracking maps for weak hurricanes like Bob but omitted them for Camille and Hugo. Overall, a convenient, if not comprehensive, source of cyclone information; recommended for public and academic libraries.--Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
Library Journal

The new edition of this work updates and augments the existing information on storms as well as adds data on storms that have occurred since the publication of the first edition (LJ9/15/98). Written by Longshore, a historian with education and experience in emergency management, the work contains over 460 entries, almost 200 more than the earlier edition. Some entries from the earlier edition have changed, but most of that content remains the same. The encyclopedia contains alphabetically arranged reviews of the history, science, and human impacts of tropical cyclones throughout the world. Its primary focus is Atlantic and eastern Pacific storms; coverage of western Pacific and Indian Ocean storms is spotty. Illustrations, mainly black-and-white photographs and maps, are sparse. There are four appendixes, a less-than-complete bibliography, and a 16-page index. Only 13 new references were added to the bibliography in this edition. Within the text, references to other entries in the encyclopedia are capitalized; some Seereferences are also included. At times, the content is confusing. Storms with the same name that occurred during different years may be described in one entry or separately. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900, for example, is listed as the Great Galveston Hurricane in the index; no Seereference is included in the section on Texas hurricanes. There are also some omissions, for example, Hurricane Grace (1991), which merged into the system that became the Perfect Storm, Hurricane Catarina (Brazil, 2004), and many Australasian typhoons and cyclones. Note that Hurricane Catarina was one of the few recorded hurricanes to occur south of the equator (it hitBrazil in 2004).
—Linda Zellmer

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up -Quirky language such as "Meteorological Armageddon" (referring to hysterical media coverage of some storms) leavens the scientific coverage in this detailed work. The approximately 400 alphabetical articles (80 of them new since the 2000 edition) lean heavily toward descriptions of events. For example, the fact-filled article on Hurricane Katrina covers more than five pages (although most selections are less than one page long). There are also shorter entries on lesser-known storms, listing date, strength, death toll, and other pertinent details, where known. Other entries cover related science, scientists, history, places, the human impact of these tragedies, and various practices surrounding them. Some choices are puzzling. For example, the article on Katrina barely mentions global warming, whereas the "hurricane party" entry uses a quarter of a page to list songs that might be played at such a celebration. There are plentiful black-and-white maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs. Access is aided by the listing of storms by name and by place. The useful appendixes include safety procedures, a chronology of events, another listing by storm name (but with less detail than in the main body), a short list of Web sites that track tropical cyclones, and a lengthy bibliography including both scholarly and popular resources.-Henrietta Thornton-Verma, School Library Journal

Entries offer a portrait of cyclonic storms as the appear in science, in history, and in culture. All major tropical cyclones ever recorded are described. Many entries contain maps, detailed chronologies of the storm's progress, b&w photos, and comments from firsthand observers. Includes entries on named storms, regions, meteorological terms and instruments, and key figures in the field, plus a 700-year chronology of global tropical storm activity, a sample hurricane tracking chart, and instructions for plotting approaching storms. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Midwest Book Review
Praise for the hardcover edition:"...meteorological descriptions are exact and well-done, offering plenty of scientific background."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816033980
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Science Encyclopedia Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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