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Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones
     

Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

by David Longshore
 

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In this richly detailed encyclopedia, readers will find vivid, scholarly accounts of all major storm systems ever recorded. Over 200 entries cover hurricanes in science, history and culture, and folklore, including how storms have appeared in literature, music, and the visual arts. For many of the storms described, author David Longshore provides maps of their course,

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In this richly detailed encyclopedia, readers will find vivid, scholarly accounts of all major storm systems ever recorded. Over 200 entries cover hurricanes in science, history and culture, and folklore, including how storms have appeared in literature, music, and the visual arts. For many of the storms described, author David Longshore provides maps of their course, detailed chronologies of their progress, photographs of their aftermath, and comments about them from firsthand observers. Topics covered include meteorological terms, biographical data on key figures in the history of hurricane scholarship, geographical terms, and methods of hurricane tracking and data analysis. Other entries cover: meteorological instruments, such as Doppler radar and barometers; named hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones in an A-to-Z format; descriptions of storm activity by region; meteorological terms, such as advection, isobar, and the firefly effect; and the role of animals as harbingers of weather to come.

The hardcover edition of this book was selected by the New York Public Library as an "Outstanding Reference Book of the Year, 1999." It was also deemed "Editor's Choice 1998 Reference Sources" by Booklist and selected by Library Journal as a "Best Reference Source, 1998."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
For those who have a curiosity about storms, really big, bad storms, this compilation of facts, statistics and technical information is the place to go. Longshore has included plenty of technical definitions (barometer, barometric pressure, millibar, etc.) and an A to Z of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. The entries describe each storm and frequently include black-and-white photographs of the aftermath. It is amazing to see grounded ships, demolished buildings and even an airplane deposited on the top of a building--all due to the tremendous power of the wind and water that these storms whip up. Certain entries focus on geographic areas and discussions of the events leading up to, during and after a major storm. The weather maps depict the storm's course, duration, strength and where it made landfall. There is an update covering storms since the first edition, and appendices that include a chronological list of storms, storm tracking form, list of named storms, as well as an extensive bibliography and index. 2000 (orig. 1998), Checkmark, Ages 10 up, $19.95. Reviewer: Charlie Wyman
Library Journal
This source contains over 200 articles describing the science, history, and culture of cyclonic storms. These articles are fairly brief and are sometimes accompanied by maps, photographs, and drawings. Topics include meteorological terms and instruments, geographical highlights, the history of individual cyclones, culture and folklore, and cyclone structure and development. However, as the author is a historian, the information is predominantly historical, with the science given a more cursory treatment. Appendixes provide hurricane safety procedures, a 700-year chronology of cyclone activity, a sample hurricane tracking chart, and a list of named hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, and tropical storms. The useful index provides adequate cross-referencing. Although name cycles are given through the year 2000 under each individual letter, a convenient list of hurricane names for a season is conspicuously missing. It is also curious that the author chose to provide tracking maps for weak hurricanes like Bob but omitted them for Camille and Hugo. Overall, a convenient, if not comprehensive, source of cyclone information; recommended for public and academic libraries.--Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up -Quirky language such as "Meteorological Armageddon" (referring to hysterical media coverage of some storms) leavens the scientific coverage in this detailed work. The approximately 400 alphabetical articles (80 of them new since the 2000 edition) lean heavily toward descriptions of events. For example, the fact-filled article on Hurricane Katrina covers more than five pages (although most selections are less than one page long). There are also shorter entries on lesser-known storms, listing date, strength, death toll, and other pertinent details, where known. Other entries cover related science, scientists, history, places, the human impact of these tragedies, and various practices surrounding them. Some choices are puzzling. For example, the article on Katrina barely mentions global warming, whereas the "hurricane party" entry uses a quarter of a page to list songs that might be played at such a celebration. There are plentiful black-and-white maps, satellite images, diagrams, and photographs. Access is aided by the listing of storms by name and by place. The useful appendixes include safety procedures, a chronology of events, another listing by storm name (but with less detail than in the main body), a short list of Web sites that track tropical cyclones, and a lengthy bibliography including both scholarly and popular resources.-Henrietta Thornton-Verma, School Library Journal

Booknews
Entries offer a portrait of cyclonic storms as the appear in science, in history, and in culture. All major tropical cyclones ever recorded are described. Many entries contain maps, detailed chronologies of the storm's progress, b&w photos, and comments from firsthand observers. Includes entries on named storms, regions, meteorological terms and instruments, and key figures in the field, plus a 700-year chronology of global tropical storm activity, a sample hurricane tracking chart, and instructions for plotting approaching storms. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Midwest Book Review
Praise for the hardcover edition:"...meteorological descriptions are exact and well-done, offering plenty of scientific background."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816074099
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Series:
Science Encyclopedia Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
10.74(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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