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Eye of the storm : inside the world's deadliest hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards
Rosenfeld, Jeffrey O., 1964-
Publication Information:
New York : Plenum Trade, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1200 Lexile.
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QC944 .R68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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June marks the official beginning of the American hurricane season, yet by early May, we were already witness to the devastation that Mother Nature wrought in Oklahoma and Kansas. What causes these tremendous storms which result in such massive amounts of loss of life and property alike? What ignites those terrifying bolts of lightning that shoot down from the heavens during tornadoes? What sparks those torrential downpours that flood towns in a matter of minutes?In Eye of the Storm: Inside the World's Deadliest Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Blizzards , science journalist Jeffrey Rosenfeld takes us on a whirlwind adventure through the world's deadliest storms, answering these questions and many more.While just a century ago thunder, lightning, and snow were considered solely acts of divine intervention, meteorologists today try to grasp and even recreate the magic of stormy weather. Flying through 200 M.P.H. hurricanes with winds pummeling their planes and chasing tornadoes across the desolate desert, they risk their lives to get closer to these unbridled forces. Now in this unprecedented work, Rosenfeld follows these brave scientists into the eye of the storm, eloquently explaining the science behind snowflakes, hail, and even the ghostly glow emanating from inside tornadoes.Moreover, as we journey through the awe-inspiring history of storm science, we meet the true heroes of the quest to understand the weather--the scientists, from Ben Franklin to today's computer modelers, whose acumen, daring and ingenuity have allowed them to see the uncharted realm of the clouds.Illuminating and highly entertaining, Eye of the Storm reveals that behind the power of the tumultuous heavens there lies a majestic, yet deadly, beauty. We see past the chaos and destruction and witness the grace of hidden patterns in the swirling wind and blinding rain. After reading this engrossing, turbulent saga of bravery, creativity, danger, and intrigue, you'll never look at a storm the same way again.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Science writer and journalist Rosenfeld offers a very readable work covering meteorology. Following an introductory reminder of the important relationship between humankind and atmospheric forces, Rosenfeld delves into the history of meteorology from Aristotle to the modern era. Using the historical approach to advantage, the author builds the novice reader's knowledge base as he covers the evolution of atmospheric science. History is less emphasized in the book's second half, in which sequential chapters concentrate on the dynamic weather phenomena of thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The conclusion looks at currently active areas of research. The photographs are well chosen, but many are quite dark, some too reduced, and one seems to be upside down. Nevertheless, the writing is lively and engaging. The frequent use of the narrative style repeatedly compels the reader to be there at the exciting moment of scientific victory or during those long moments when victims feel the force of nature's fury. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. E. R. Swanson; University of Texas at San Antonio

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Chapter 1 a Stormy Relationshipp. 1
Chapter 2 a Light in the Darkp. 21
Chapter 3 Storms on the Movep. 41
Chapter 4 an Enlightened Confusionp. 59
Chapter 5 the Aviation Agep. 83
Chapter 6 Brewing the Stormp. 115
Chapter 7 Terrible Ups and Downsp. 141
Chapter 8 Monsters of the Prairiep. 179
Chapter 9 the Ultimate Stormp. 223
Chapter 10 an Awesome Chaosp. 259
Notesp. 275
Indexp. 293