Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Nature - 303 pages
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The ultimate weather book for the weather enthusiast or anyone interested in the oddities and extremes of nature.

Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of climate change? We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Recent evidence suggests that aspects of the climate are indeed becoming more extreme. Will the extraordinary hurricane season of 2005 and the record heat waves of 2006 become more common? The facts are in this book, including a detailed analysis of extreme weather trends in the United States going back to the nineteenth century.

Also included are historical examples of some of the more bizarre weather events observed: heat bursts, electrified dust storms, snow rollers, pink snowstorms, luminous tornadoes, falls of fish and toads, ball lighting, super bolts, and other strange meteorological events. 110 color photographs.

 

  

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

A great resource to understanding the variety of weather conditions. I especially enjoyed the personal accounts from various persons of weather phenomenon such as parachuting into a thunderstorm. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Cranney - Goodreads

It seems like when it comes to the matter of who has lived in the hotted/coldest/stormiest place, there is always a game of one-upmanship that plays out, so it was interesting to read this book and ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
Maps
16
Highest Recorded Temp by State
22
Locations With the Most Extreme Range of Temp
35
DROUGHTS DUST STORMS
38
Global Warming Trends
42
COLO
44
December 1961
50
THUNDERSTORMS HAIL
135
Avg No of Thunderstorms During July in U S 1 39
142
Lightning Flash Density in U S
148
Avg Ann No of Hail Days in U S
158
TORNADOES
165
Greatest Tornado Swarms in U S
176
HURRICANES AND THEIR INTENSITY
201
EXTRATROPICAL STORMS
233

Worlds Coldest Places by Country 5658
56
19351936
64
SNOW ICE
71
Maps
73
Selected Record Point Snowfalls
80
RAIN FLOODS
103
Wettest and Driest Locations by State
110
U S Record Point Rainfalls
116
Heaviest 24hour Rainfalls in World History
119
FLOODS
123
Maps
235
Avg Ann Number of Days with Fog in the U S
250
World Weather Extremes frontpiece
260
APPENDICES
262
Station Location Map 266267
266
Weather Records for 300 U S Cities 272292
272
BIBLIOGRAPHY
293
INDEX
299
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About the author (2007)

Christopher C. Burt was co-founder and publisher of the acclaimed Compass American Guides series. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Oakland, California.

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