The Scariest Place on Earth: Eye to Eye with Hurricanes

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Like countless other Floridians, Dr. David E. Fisher was not prepared for the hurricane that hit Miami on August 24, 1992. In The Scariest Place on Earth, he recounts the ordeal of Hurricane Andrew, the terror when it hit land and the wreckage in its aftermath. Hurricane Andrew, Fisher argues, is the greatest disaster to hit the United States (the insured losses are more than double those of the Los Angeles earthquake of 1994), and the cleanup and repairs continue to this day. The Scariest Place on Earth is a ...
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Overview

Like countless other Floridians, Dr. David E. Fisher was not prepared for the hurricane that hit Miami on August 24, 1992. In The Scariest Place on Earth, he recounts the ordeal of Hurricane Andrew, the terror when it hit land and the wreckage in its aftermath. Hurricane Andrew, Fisher argues, is the greatest disaster to hit the United States (the insured losses are more than double those of the Los Angeles earthquake of 1994), and the cleanup and repairs continue to this day. The Scariest Place on Earth is a fascinating firsthand account and informative historical look at one of nature's most violent forces.

As ocean temperatures continue to rise, hurricanes are increasingly likely and increasingly deadly. Now, a distinguished scientist and thriller writer considers the violent nature of hurricanes. Growing out of the author's experience of Hurricane Andrew in August 1992, this book provides an entertaining history of hurricane encounters with scientific explainations. Diagrams and charts.

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The author will get few arguments that the scariest place is directly in the path of an onrushing Category 5 hurricane. Fisher ( Fire and Ice ), chairman of the department of marine geology and geophysics at Florida's University of Miami, gives a lucid, detailed, scientific explanation of hurricanes--what they are, how they form and wreak havoc and how we might modify or avoid them. Interspersed is an account of his experiences during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Hurricanes occur only in the Atlantic Ocean (typhoons in the Pacific) and are characterized by counterclockwise rotation. Fisher notes that Army and Navy pilots who pioneered in tracking hurricanes laid the foundation for modern understanding of the storms. Examining forecasting and current research, he also observes an increasing potential for more frequent hurricanes. Illustrations. Author tour. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679427759
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/27/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Author's Note
Acknowledgments
1 First Encounters 3
2 Out of Nowhere 30
3 Direction, What Direction? 67
4 Impact 87
5 Storm Hunting 114
6 The Furies 138
7 Hurricane Andrew 172
8 Disasters and Warnings 185
9 Future Encounters 223
Notes 243
Bibliography 249
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