Weather: A Visual Guideby Bruce Buckley, Edward J. Hopkins, Richard Whitaker
This book provides a comprehensive visual guide to weather in all its manifestations. Clearly written and richly illustrated, it explains how the weather engine works, including hurricanes,
Weather is one of Earth's last wild things. Although we can predict it, we cannot control it. It profoundly affects our culture, our economy, our well-being and our daily lives.
This book provides a comprehensive visual guide to weather in all its manifestations. Clearly written and richly illustrated, it explains how the weather engine works, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and droughts. Weather also explains the effect of climate on plants, animals and humans, and examines the latest research on changing climate, with particular reference to vital issues like global warming and ozone depletion.
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As Mark Twain said, "The weather is always doing something." It is, indeed, a phenomenon of universal interest and fascination, as well as research and scholarship. The beauty of an unusual cloud, the symmetry of a rainbow, the awesome power of a thunderstorm and the devastation of a hurricaneall suggest a mighty power with influence over human affairs. Not surprisingly, early humans explained changes in weather as the actions of sky-gods who could reward or punish at will. Only in the last two centuries or so have scientific reasoning and experiment been used to explain the nature and causes of weather and to forecast its behavior. As this process developed, it was realized that because weather is a global phenomenon, international endeavor is required to understand and predict it. Unprecedented cooperation today provides one of the finest examples of international synergy united in a common cause.
But this book begins well before that. It traces long-term climate change over Earth's 4600 million-year history; explains the complex atmospheric forces that influence weather; examines the complex atmospheric forces the influence weather; examines the diversity of climate throughout the world and how plants, animals and people have adapted to it; analyzes the factors that interact to create violent weather extremes; and review the latest research into current climate change. This weather odyssey is one of the more remarkable chapters in the story of humanityone that the reader will enjoy sharing.
Meet the Author
Bruce Buckley is a senior meteorologist who has worked in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and as chief meteorologist on television for Australia's Weather Channel.
Edward J. Hopkins is a lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin and a weather education consultant with the American Meteorological Society.
Richard Whitaker is a meteorological consultant who provides services to businesses, governments and educational organizations.
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