Lewis & Clark's Northwest Journey: "Weather Disagreeable"

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When Lewis & Clark crossed the Rocky Mountains on their epic journey to the Pacific Ocean, they found a climate that was in some respects similar to what they were used to on the East Coast of the United States. But in other respects, it was very different. Their clothes were rotting from the constant rain. Massive waves kept them from crossing the mighty Columbia River. Were the rain and wind a constant for the entire voyage? Lewis & Clark's Northwest Journey: Weather Disagreeable!, by George R. Miller ...
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Overview

When Lewis & Clark crossed the Rocky Mountains on their epic journey to the Pacific Ocean, they found a climate that was in some respects similar to what they were used to on the East Coast of the United States. But in other respects, it was very different. Their clothes were rotting from the constant rain. Massive waves kept them from crossing the mighty Columbia River. Were the rain and wind a constant for the entire voyage? Lewis & Clark's Northwest Journey: Weather Disagreeable!, by George R. Miller (author of Pacific Northwest Weather: But My Barometer Says Fair) examines the journals of Lewis and Clark and other members of the Corps of Discovery for key references to the weather the party experienced. It equates those weather entries to the weather patterns we know exist today. As a meteorologist, Miller has spent over 40 years wrestling with Pacific Northwest weather. He has also researched past weather events that have occurred in this part of the country over the last 200 years. His vast knowledge of the Northwest's weather gives great insight into the incredible difficulties the Corps of Discovery faced on their voyage west!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571883230
  • Publisher: Amato, Frank Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean 8
Early September snowstorms
Thunderstorms
Canyon winds
Beautiful fall weather
Wind and rain
Chapter 2 Along the Pacific Coast 20
Rain, rain, and more rain
Storminess
Lightning, thunder and hail
Freezing weather for two weeks
A touch of spring
Chapter 3 From the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains 43
Gusty winds
More rain
Warm temperatures
High water
Deep snow
Epilogue 70
Bibliography 72
Glossary 74
Index 76
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Magnificent Cover Art, Enveloping Fascinating History

    I must confess that I HAD to own this book because the admittedly magnificent cover was indeed painted by my brother, and I had watched its progression start to finish (as much as the very private artist allowed...). However, although meteorology is not my field, I could not stop reading!! This gem of a book combined such compelling quotations from Lewis and Clark's Corp of Discovery journals with truly fascinating, meticulously explained history and weather observations that I felt I was along for the journey. What I learned brought many questions to mind about the changing weather conditions and fragile environment of our earth, today. George Miller's obvious great knowledge and experience as a meteorologist shines through the clouds of the Northwest storms he so vividly explains. I would HIGHLY recommend this work, especially to teachers!! History teachers, meteorolgy teachers, geography teachers----go get a copy NOW!! Because if I, as a weather clueless medical professional person, learned so much....well, do not deprive your students of this exciting journal. (AND, I do wish you all could have seen the ENTIRE watercolor, in all its glory!) Sincerely, A proud and enlightened sister

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