Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclonesby David Longshore
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."
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
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