Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

Longshore, David

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Synopsis: In the Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones readers and researchers will find a unique, multidimensional portrait of cyclonic storms as they appear in science, in history, and culture. A richly detailed compendium, the book contains vivid, scholarly accounts of all major tropical cyclones ever recorded. For many of the storms described, the author provides maps of their course, detailed chronologies of their progress, photographs of their aftermath, and comments about them from firsthand observers.

Review: Global warming is a fact. Although policymakers continue to argue about just what that means on a practical level, scientists assure us that one of the many consequences of that pattern of global warming will be ever more frequent, and ever more intense, storms of all kinds.

All of which makes David Longshore's book a timely and useful addition to a weather-watcher's library. Longshore, a historian with a particular interest in disasters, details the effects of hundreds of storms, from 1999's deadly Hurricane Floyd to unnamed tempests that wreaked havoc on the coast of India 700 years ago. His A-to-Z encyclopedia includes little-known fragments of history (such as Benjamin Franklin's career as a meteorologist, which extended well beyond the kite-in-a-thunderstorm legend to significant contributions, still current, to the Law of Storms); notes on such storm-bred phenomena as the "firefly effect," in which billions of grains of sand collide in midair and produce sparks; and chronologies of major storms, and major articles on individual storms and storm-prone nations.

In a helpful appendix, Longshore reminds his readers that although surprise hurricanes are largely a thing of the past, thanks to advances in storm prediction and monitoring, it is good common sense to keep your eye on the sky during hurricane and typhoon season. --Gregory McNamee

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Publication Date: 1998
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