The Coming Storm: The True Causes of Freak Weather - and Why It's Going to Get Worse

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Why is our climate so turbulent—and why does our weather appear to be getting worse? What exactly is the El Nino and what are its consequences? How serious is the global warming trend, and can it be reversed? These and many related questions are discussed in this account of recent floods and droughts, catastrophic forest fires, an epidemic of unusually violent hurricanes, and rising sea levels created by the melting polar ice caps. An authority on violent weather patterns explains these phenomena and much more. ...
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Overview

Why is our climate so turbulent—and why does our weather appear to be getting worse? What exactly is the El Nino and what are its consequences? How serious is the global warming trend, and can it be reversed? These and many related questions are discussed in this account of recent floods and droughts, catastrophic forest fires, an epidemic of unusually violent hurricanes, and rising sea levels created by the melting polar ice caps. An authority on violent weather patterns explains these phenomena and much more. He also describes different storm types, including hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and monsoons. An enlightening chapter helps readers understand scientific methods of measuring the weather and predicting storms. There are also accounts of freak storms, methods of rescuing storm victims, and lesser-known environmental problems such as the threat posed by gas hydrates, which could contribute to a runaway global greenhouse effect. An absorbing text is supplemented with more than 200 dramatic photos and illustrations.
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Adult/High School-Beginning with "Stormy Planet Earth," Maslin clearly explains how weather is produced and why it happens. He uses precise, easy-to-understand definitions that provide just the right amount of information. Topics include atmosphere, Hadley Cells (winds), and storm and climate zones. This basic material is necessary in order to understand the remainder of the book. Next, the author describes hurricanes, tornadoes, polar-front storms, monsoons, and El Ni-o-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Explanations for phenomena such as lightning, storm surges, floods, and winter storms precede more detailed data on specific weather events of note. The second chapter, "Predicting Storms," covers the different types of storms, technological advances, the need for more research, and the need for countries worldwide to be prepared for the climate changes that have already started. "The Future" focuses on what may happen to the Earth's climate due to the greenhouse effect. Maslin also presents data on environmental pollution in relation to future weather. Two of the most dramatic scenarios involve the importance of the world's deep ocean currents: what will happen if they are affected by global warming, and what would occur if gas hydrates were released from their positions under the oceans. Packed with full-color photographs illustrating all aspects of weather, this visually appealing, well-documented book educates readers and leaves them with some ideas for helping the environment.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764122194
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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