Hurricanes: Causes, Effects, and the Future

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For many Americans, Katrina’s deadly destructiveness offered a first harrowing lesson in the power of hurricanes. For those living along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina was one more disastrous encounter with an overwhelming force of nature. As evidence mounts that these tropical cyclones will only grow more frequent and intense, this book offers a much-needed opportunity to understand the workings of hurricanes. Two recognized authorities on climate and weather gives readers a close look at hurricanes past and present, from the historic Galveston storm of 1900 to the devastating Katrina. Along with near-incredible stories of damage wreaked and lives altered, this book provides a clear and concise introduction to the mechanics of the storms. In scientifically accurate but easily comprehensible terms, the authors explain the formidable wind speed, the heavy rains, and the eye of the hurricane, all accompanied by detailed diagrams and spectacular color photographs. Their work makes it possible for readers to make informed decisions about a natural phenomenon that increasingly affects our lives.

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With the prospect of hurricanes becoming ever more fierce and destructive, this book offers a much-needed opportunity to understand these tropical cyclones.  Two recognized authorities on climate and weather give readers a close look at hurricanes past and present, from the historic Galveston storm of 1900 to the devastating Katrina.  Along with near-incredible stories of damage wreaked and lives altered, this book provides a clear and concise introduction to the mechanics of the storms.  In scientifically accurate but easily comprehensible terms, the authors explain the formidable wind speed, the heavy rains, and the eye of the hurricane, all accompanied by detailed diagrams and spectacular color photographs. 

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Stephen P. Leatherman, known nationwide as Dr. Beach, is an authority on coastal geography and beach management. He is the author of Dr. Beach's Survival Guide and the editor of Sea Level Rise, among others, and the director of the International Hurricane Research Center & Laboratory for Coastal Research. Leatherman and his wife live in Miami, Florida. Jack Williams is a science journalist who specializes in weather and climate. He edited the USA Today weather page for more than fifty years and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic, Hurricane Watch, The Weather Almanac, and The Weather Book. Williams and his wife live in Falls Church, Virginia.Jack Williams is a science journalist who specializes in weather and climate. He edited the USA Today weather page for more than fifty years and is the author of The Complete Idiot\u2019s Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic, Hurricane Watch, The Weather Almanac, and The Weather Book. Williams and his wife live in Falls Church, Virginia.

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