Weather Extremes of the West

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Parzybok, a meteorological consultant, highlights the West's most notorious historical weather events in easily understood prose. Spectacular color photos, satellite images, and color maps help to explain the workings of the region's weather extremes and its regularly occurring weather. The book is appropriate for general readers and students. The title on the cover substitutes "of" for "in." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

Parzybok, a meteorological consultant, highlights the West's most notorious historical weather events in easily understood prose. Spectacular color photos, satellite images, and color maps help to explain the workings of the region's weather extremes and its regularly occurring weather. The book is appropriate for general readers and students. The title on the cover substitutes "of" for "in." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878424733
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Introduction to Climate 2
Introduction to Weather 7
Climate and Weather in the West 12
How to Use This Book 15
1 The Pacific Northwest's Coast, Western Valleys, and Mountains 19
The West Coast's Deadliest Twister: Washington and Oregon 20
It Rains All the Time: Seattle 22
The Blue Hole 25
The Columbus Day Storm 27
Thermal Low: Willamette Valley 32
The Pineapple Express and the Flood of '96 34
The Brookings Effect: Oregon 37
Coho Winds and Silver Thaw: Columbia River Gorge 40
2 The Cascades 45
Rain-on-Snow Events: Great Pacific-Northwest Floods 47
Ninety-Three Feet of Snow: Mount Baker 51
The Wellington Avalanche: Stevens Pass, Washington 56
Extraordinary Precipitation Gradient: North-Central Oregon 58
3 The Pacific Northwest's Inland Empire and High Deserts 61
Dust Devils: Eastern Washington 63
The Heppner Disaster: Oregon 64
Oregon and Washington Hot Spots 67
Oregon's Icebox: Seneca 67
The Inland Northwest's Worst Winter Storm: Spokane 70
4 California's Coast, Western Valleys, and Southern Mountains 73
The Fog Belt: San Francisco 75
El Nino Storms 78
Santa Ana, Diablo, and the Catalina Eddy: California Winds 83
Intense Precipitation: San Gabriel Mountains 90
5 The Sierra Nevada 93
Dangerous Snowstorms 94
The Washoe Zephyr: Nevada 98
6 Desert Southwest 99
The Nation's Hottest Spots: Death Valley and Yuma 101
Daily Temperature Extremes: Arizona and California 107
Extreme Evaporation: Mojave Desert 109
Southwest Monsoon 113
Hurricane Alley of the West 116
Horrible Haboobs: Arizona 120
Desert Snowstorms 123
Lightning Capital of the West and Lightning-Ignited Forest Fires 127
7 Snake River Plain and Great Basin 135
Sloshers and Northern Invasions 136
Winds of the Desert and Wasatch Canyons: Utah 138
Great Basin High and Inversions 142
State of Extremes: Nevada 146
8 Northern Rocky Mountains 149
Rime Ice 151
Coldest Place in the Lower Forty-Eight: Rogers Pass, Montana 153
Precipitation Extremes: Montana 154
The Teton-Yellowstone Tornado 157
9 Central Rocky Mountains 161
Champagne Powder and World-Record Snow Intensity: Colorado 163
Not Quite the Icebox of the Nation: Fraser, Colorado 167
Lake Effect Snow: The Great Salt Lake 169
10 Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains 175
Where Has All the Snow Gone? San Francisco Peaks, Arizona 176
New Mexico Snow: Sandia Crest 178
In a Flash! The Canyonlands 182
The Albuquerque Box Effect 185
11 Southern Great Plains and Adjacent Foothills 189
Thunderstorm Alley of the West 191
Colorado Low 195
Black Blizzards 200
Blue Northers: Texas Panhandle 203
The Marfa Dryline: Western Texas 206
Heat Bursts: Oklahoma 209
Tornado Alley 211
12 Rocky Mountain Front and Adjacent Foothills 219
The Denver Cyclone 220
Deadly Downbursts: Denver, Colorado 223
Snow Eater: Boulder, Colorado 226
Front Range Flash Floods 231
Temperature Roller Coaster: Montana 237
Back Door Cold Fronts 239
13 Northern Great Plains 243
Deep Freezer 244
Temperature Flip-Flops: South Dakota 245
Rapid City One-Hundred-Year Flood 248
Hail Alley 252
Blizzards 258
References 262
Glossary 266
Index 272
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