Divine Wind The History and Science of Hurricanes
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Description: Imagine standing at the center of a Roman coliseum that is 20 miles across, with walls that soar 10 miles into the sky, towering walls with cascades of ice crystals falling along its brilliantly white surface. That's what it's like to stand in the eye of a hurricane. In Divine Wind, Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history, thwarting military incursions and changing the course of explorations. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how such benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. For instance, he describes the 17th-century hurricane that likely inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest and that led to the British colonization of Bermuda. We also read about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, by far the worst natural calamity in U.S. history, with a death toll between 8,000 and 12,000 that exceeded the San Francisco earthquake, the Johnstown Flood, and the Okeechobee Hurricane combined. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity. Its fascinating blend of history, science, and art will appeal to weather junkies, science buffs, and everyone who read Isaac's Storm.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrated Passages|
|Anatomy of a Meteorological Monster|
|The Tropical Hothouse|
|The Tropical Downpour|
|France Gives Up La Floride, 1565|
|The Trade Winds|
|Nature's Steam Engine|
|The Hurricanes of 1780|
|Death and Transfiguration|
|Their Eyes Were Watching God: San Felipe and the Okeechobee Disaster of 1928|
|Taking Aim: How Hurricanes Move|
|The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935|
|The Storm Surge|
|The Great New England Hurricane of 1938|
|Bull Halsey's Typhoons|
|Into the Maelstrom: A Photo Essay|
|The Great East Pakistan Cyclone of November 1970|
|Hurricane Andrew, 1992|
|Hurricanes and Climate|
|Notable Tropical Cyclones|
|Vortex on a Chip|
|Sources and Further Reading|