Divine Wind : The History and Science of Hurricanes: The History and Science of Hurricanes (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Aug 6, 2005 - Nature - 296 pages
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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 co Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, frommbined. 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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Contents

List of Illustrated Passages
1
Kamikaze
3
Anatomy of a Meteorological Monster
7
German Warship Adler overturned on a reef in Samoa Photograph ca 191012 68
12
Hart Crane The Hurricane
17
Huracan
18
The Tropical Hothouse
23
Columbuss Hurricane
30
The Storm Surge
147
Paul Laurence Dunbar The Rising of the Storm
153
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
155
Waves
165
Or the Spirit of Solitude
172
Bull Halseys Typhoons
174
Rain
182
Ships in Distress in a Storm Oil painting by British artist Peter Monamy ca 172030
192

A Poem in Twelve Cantos
33
The Tropical Downpour
34
France Gives Up La Floride 1565
38
The Trade Winds
41
Miranda The Tempest Oil painting by British artist John W Waterhouse 1916
48
The Tempest
49
Natures Steam Engine
54
Diego Isaias Hernandez Mendez 2001
62
The Hurricanes of 1780
63
Hurricane Intensity
72
Andrew Barton Banjo Paterson Ballad of the Calliope
82
Galveston 1900
83
Genesis
93
Emily Dickinson An awful Tempest mashed the air
103
Miami 1926
104
Death and Transfiguration
109
William Hamilton Hayne A Cyclone at Sea
116
San Felipe and the Okeechobee Disaster of 1928
117
How Hurricanes Move
125
William Pitt Sailors Consolation
135
The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
136
The Hunters
193
Hurricane Camille
205
Peter Schilling The Hurricane Hammers on the Shore lyrics
212
A Photo Essay
213
The Great East Pakistan Cyclone of November 1970
221
Oil painting by British artist James Mallord William Turner Exh 1805
226
Forecasting Hurricanes
227
Frederick William Henry Myers Wind Moon and Tides
239
Cyclone Tracy
240
Hurricane Andrew 1992
245
Hurricanes and Climate
252
Lafcadio Hearn from Chita A Memory of Last Island
259
Epilogue
260
Notable Tropical Cyclones
262
Hurricane Records
267
Vortex on a Chip
268
Sources and Further Reading
269
Credits
275
Index
278
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Kerry Emanuel is Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at MIT. His writings have appeared in American Scientist and Nature, among other publications.

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