Inside the Hurricane: Face to Face with the Nature's Deadliest Storms

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In Inside the Hurricane, Pete Davies sweeps readers from the Caribbean to the Bay of Bengal, describing both the horrifying violence and the eerie beauty of hurricanes. He explains the weather conditions that foster them; discusses in lucid detail how scientists predict, measure, and track them; and delves into mysteries scientists are still trying to solve.

From apocalyptic devastation in Central America to a frantic race against time in Miami, Pete Davies take you as close to ...

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Overview

In Inside the Hurricane, Pete Davies sweeps readers from the Caribbean to the Bay of Bengal, describing both the horrifying violence and the eerie beauty of hurricanes. He explains the weather conditions that foster them; discusses in lucid detail how scientists predict, measure, and track them; and delves into mysteries scientists are still trying to solve.

From apocalyptic devastation in Central America to a frantic race against time in Miami, Pete Davies take you as close to the storm as it's possible to go. He tracks the greatest hurricanes in history and takes you along for a wild ride as he recounts his experiences following and flying directly into the worst storms of 1999 with the scientists who do it for living; he explores the science of why hurricanes occur and how to predict their onslaughts more accurately; and he describes the mounting panic of those frantically making preparations as 1999's biggest storm, Floyd, looms.

A winning combination of history, science, and adventure, Inside the Hurricane leaves readers with a chilling reminder of nature's enduring domination over man. Going face to face with nature at its most violent, Inside the Hurricane is a gripping, frightening, and brilliantly instructive book about the deadliest storms known to man.

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English journalist Peter Davies infuses science with a first-person intensity. Instead of lugubriating abstractly about hurricane forecasting techniques, he takes us into the eyes of real storms. Just as his book Catching Cold dragged us wide-eyed and scared through the 1918 influenza pandemic, so Inside the Hurricane presents tropical storms with the urgency thatthey deserve. the science is impecable (As Davies notes, it might be the first layman's book in history to attempt to explain the function of a step-frequency passive radiometer), but the sheer force of the writing impels us on.
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"[R]iveting reading...Davies take[s] a complex subject and make[s] it both understandable and interesting...[Y]ou'll find this...book well worth your time."—Elizabeth Bennett, Houston Chroncile

"[Exciting]...takes readers on [a] pummeling ride"—Randolph Schmid, Associated Press

"Inside the Hurricane is...informative and entertaining...[A] good and useful book."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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By going literally inside the hurricane, Davies (Storm Country, etc.) carries journalistic thoroughness to extremes. Not content merely to study the inner workings of hurricanes through articles, textbooks and interviews, Davies arranged to participate in cutting-edge research with the scientists at the National Hurricane Center and other research facilities in Florida, even flying with them into, through, and around the powerful storms. Through Davies's eyes and ears, readers will learn the basic meteorology of these storms, the instruments used to study them and the computers that simulate and predict their behavior. Yet this is more a human story than a scientific one. Davies introduces members of meteorological research teams, whose work blends fascination with powerful natural phenomena, scientific curiosity, thrill-seeking and determination to provide life-saving early warnings when killer storms, such as 1992's Andrew, approach. In detail so relentless that many readers will find it overwhelming, Davies shares the 1998 and 1999 hurricane seasons: the compact yet powerful Bret; the monstrous Floyd, which dropped rivers from the North Carolina sky, killing far more people by inland flooding than by wind; and the devastating Mitch, which set impoverished but developing Honduras back two decades. In his final chapters, Davies presents the meteorological argument that the world's oceans are entering two decades of more numerous and powerful tropical cyclones, part of a normal climatic cycle. He ends with the forecast for 2000--bad, but probably less severe than 1999--and a persuasive argument for increased funding for hurricane research. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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This September marks the centennial of the Galveston hurricane, the deadliest to hit the United States. There is not shortage of books about that storm and others, from Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History (LJ 7/99) to William Price Fox's Lunatic Wind: Surviving the Storm of the Century (LJ 9/1/92). But rather than emphasizing a single storm, Davies (Storm Country: A Journey Through the Heart of America) surveys the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season, focusing on the experiences of a small group of hurricane researchers and forecasters. He also includes a gripping and poignant description of the horrific devastation of Honduras by 1998's Mitch. This book is both a reminder that U.S. experiences with hurricanes pale in comparison to the damage storms have wreaked on smaller nations and warning that the worst may be yet to come as the Atlantic basin enters a period of increased storm activity. Vivid and engrossing; recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Nancy R Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805066111
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND REP
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Davies is the author of a number of critically acclaimed, bestselling works of nonfiction published in England, including The Devil's Flu, an accouunt of the 1918 flu epidemic.

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Table of Contents

1 At the Bayman Bay 3
2 Bret 20
3 Be Careful Out There 55
4 Project Stormfury 79
5 Painting by Numbers 104
6 Floyd 128
7 La Tormenta 201
8 The Tropical Update 221
Appendix 1 15 Most Deadly Atlantic Hurricanes 247
Appendix 2 15 Most Costly U.S. Hurricanes 248
Appendix 3 Forecast 2000 249
Glossary 253
Selected Resources 256
Acknowledgments 261
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