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Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book
     

Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book

by Christopher C. Burt, Mark Stroud, Mark Stroud
 

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ISBN-10: 039333015X

ISBN-13: 9780393330151

Pub. Date: 07/09/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The ultimate weather book for the weather enthusiast or anyone interested in the oddities and extremes of nature.
Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of climate change? We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Recent evidence suggests that aspects of the climate are indeed becoming more

Overview

The ultimate weather book for the weather enthusiast or anyone interested in the oddities and extremes of nature.
Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of climate change? We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Recent evidence suggests that aspects of the climate are indeed becoming more extreme. Will the extraordinary hurricane season of 2005 and the record heat waves of 2006 become more common? The facts are in this book, including a detailed analysis of extreme weather trends in the United States going back to the nineteenth century. 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 lighting, super bolts, and other strange meteorological events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330151
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/09/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
322,476
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction11
Heat & Drought14
Chapter 1
Hottest Cities & Hot Spots15
In the United States15
Around the World24
Death Valley: Hottest Place in the World?18
Real Heat: The Humidity Factor27
Historic Heat Waves in the United States29
Heat Bursts36
Droughts & Dust Storms38
Remarkable High Plains Dust Storms41
Global Warming42
Weather Service Forecasts End of the World43
Cold44
Chapter 2
Coldest Cities & Cold Spots45
In the United States45
Around the World56
Makeshift Alaskan Thermometers50
Coldest Place in the Lower48
Embarrass, Minnesota51
What's it Like at -80[degree]?59
Historic Cold Waves in the United States60
January 10, 1859: New York City's Coldest Daylight Ever61
Temperature Antics in the Black Hills and High Plains68
Snow & Ice70
Chapter 3
Snowiest Cities in The United States71
Snowy Places73
In the United States73
Around the World86
Snow in the Sierra Nevada79
Snow in New England82
Historic Snowstorms in the United States90
A Luminous Snowstorm in New England91
Strange Snowfalls98
Ice Storms96
Rain & Floods102
Chapter 4
Rainiest & Driest Cities & Places103
In the United States103
Around the World112
It Rains Sometimes in Seattle105
Extreme Rainstorms116
Phenomenal Cloudbursts: Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania118
Greatest Rainstorms in the World: Reunion Island120
Floods123
Mud Showers Over New York133
Thunderstorms & Hail134
Chapter 5
Stormiest Places135
In the United States139
Around the World146
Extreme Sport: Parachuting Into a Thunderstorm143
Lighting147
Superbolts149
Apocryphal Lightning Pranks152
Remarkable Storm of Ball Lightning in Mount Desert, Maine155
Hailstorms157
In the United States157
Around the World161
Tornadoes164
Chapter 6
Typical Tornadoes165
In the United States171
Around the World183
Eyewitness to the Center of a Tornado170
Historic Twisters194
Luminous Tornadoes192
Waterspouts196
Animal Falls199
Hurricanes200
Chapter 7
Hurricanes and Their Intensity201
In the United States204
Historic Hurricanes209
Dedicated Weather Observer215
Hurricane Flooding: The Storm Surge & Rainfalls217
Tropical Storms Around the World221
Greatest Storm on Earth224
Tropical Storm Superlatives227
Windstorms & Fog232
Chapter 8
Extra-tropical storms233
The Perfect Storm243
Great Cyclones of Europe246
Extreme Winds248
Highest Measured Wind Speed in the World249
Extreme Santa Ana254
Fog257
El Nino and La Nina260
Appendices264
Maps, Records & Conversion Tables
Bibliography293
Index299

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