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The weather
Lynch, John.
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First edition.
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Toronto Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, [2002]

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240 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"An illustrated guide to weather terminology, penomena and weather pioneers."--P.[240].
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QC981.2 .L96 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.2 .L96 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.2 .L96 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.2 .L96 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Perhaps because we can't always predict it, and certainly can't control it, our fascination with the weather never seems to wane. But despite our frequent powerlessness in the face of it, there is much we do know. The Weather takes a thrilling voyage to the heart of this phenomenon, that even in an age of air conditioning and artificial environments, is still central to the everyday life of the planet. From hurricanes and sandstorms, monsoons to avalanches, solar storms to the jet stream, The Weather showcases the most dangerous and dynamic forces of the weather.

Created by veteran BBC producer, editor and writer John Lynch, The Weather explains the science of weather clearly and accessibly, illustrated throughout with color photographs and graphics from The Learning Channel/BBC television series. The Weather begins with the basic questions: What is the weather, and what drives it? The book then goes on to cover every global weather phenomenon, with an in-depth introduction and sections on Wind , Wet , Cold and Hot . The book is especially revealing on how humans interact with weather -- how we've adapted to it, suffered from it, harnessed it, and, finally, how we may be inadvertently changing it. The final section, Change , is a look at the meaning of global climate change patterns.

Author Notes

John Lynch is the Creative Director, Science for BBC Television and is responsible for all documentary science series for the BBC. He was executive producer of The Planets and Walking with Dinosaurs and the award-winning Fermat's Last Theorem .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The fundamental principle of weather, cooling at the poles and heating at the equator, is introduced in this album of pictures, explanation, and anecdote. Printed on heavyweight paper, the 200-plus images capture the drama, beauty, and destruction attendant to the tempestuous meetings of cold and hot air; while Lynch's text describes the global features--Hadley cells, the Coriolis effect, jet streams, and ocean currents--that conduct the atmospheric symphony. A producer of science documentaries for the BBC, Lynch exhibits an experienced grasp of visually oriented readers' preferences: the subjects change rapidly; disaster stories (e.g., the devastating inundation of the Netherlands in 1953) repeatedly sate a visceral interest; and human influences on local and possibly global weather are presented. Lynch also reminds readers of the revolution wrought in weather observation by satellites, a point reinforced throughout by the numerous photographs taken from space of hurricanes and ice caps. Effective and informative, this survey, along with a melange of historical anecdotes, provides solid, popular grounding to any collection's more specialized titles about the weather. --Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this tie-in to the Learning Channel's four-part series this fall, BBC science editor Lynch divides this book on atmospheric changes into five parts: Wind, Wet, Hot, Cold, and their dynamic, Change. For most people, real weather happens near the ground, but Lynch shows the engines of weather at 6,000 feet. His graphics-from the geophysical to molecular levels-provide perspective by using paired illustrations of the same weather formation at different scales and heights. Lynch's accessible, enlightening text, occasionally too simple, nicely accompanies these spectacular graphics. The same audience of junior scientists and curious adults that Lynch lured with Walking with the Dinosaurs will lap up his explanations of climatology, cloud formation, tornadoes as well as the social history of meteorology and, above all, a sense of weather systems as the most natural form of globalization. The extremes of weather images-desertification and hurricanes-are probably going to be a draw for the TV series, but weather buffs can indulge their fascination with wind, waves and clouds in this appealingly simple presentation of complex daily natural forces. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Lynch (creative director of science, BBC Television) offers a very comprehensive book discussing all aspects of weather and providing a conversational knowledge of current topics including El Ni^D no, global warming, chaos, weather modification, and possible changes in large-scale ocean currents. Particularly noteworthy are the numerous color photographs and illustrations. The index provides an easy way for readers to find virtually any meteorological subject including its history, invention of measuring devices, basics such as thermometers and barometers, and more recent advances such as radar and satellites with their sensors. The importance of computers is shortchanged. As stated on the back cover: "From hurricanes to sandstorms, monsoons to avalanches, solar storms to jet stream, this book showcases and explains the most fascinating, dangerous and dynamic forces of the weather." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. A. E. Staver emeritus, Northern Illinois University



Seeds of Weather Sit on a hillside overlooking the sea on a warm summer's day, relax in the golden heat of the afternoon, pluck the head from a dandelion and blow away the seeds-watch them scatter in the wind and you will have become part of the weather. As the tiny seeds fly through the air at your behest, the microturbulence you have created will meet updrafts of warm air from the field and little eddies of wind will spiral upwards into the sky above. More air will be drawn into the void left behind by the rising air, creating a gentle wind that plays on your face, the beginnings of a shore breeze. Meanwhile, far above you, some of the tiny particles of pollen from the seeds will continue to ascend, reaching so high into the air that they find themselves in a region of icy cold. Here they may form a "seed" of another kind -- the heart of an ice crystal -- as even tinier molecules of water cluster around them and hold fast. In turn these microscopic structures of ice will play in the up- and downdrafts in the weird world at the top of what is now a spreading thundercloud, growing to become pellets of hail or falling and inexorably melting out as rain that eventually drenches the grass around you. Instead, as the cloud spreads out in the familiar anvil shape of a summer storm, some of the crystals and their passengers of pollen may be carried far across the globe by the superfast winds of the jet stream, eventually perhaps sprinkling down as snow on the cap of a distant mountain and there melting, to become torrent that cuts its way down a river gorge, across a parched flood-plain and out towards the sea. And the water that then flows from this estuary on the far side of the world may in turn undergo an epic journey through the depths of the ocean, to return perhaps five hundred or a thousand years later to the very spot where you are sitting. It may drift in once again as a cloud, to rain on the ground and to be drawn up by the roots of the ten-thousandth generation of the dandelion plant that you held in your hands. For the weather is something that is in us and all around us, a huge interconnected force of chaos: a force of creation and destruction, a thin veil that shrouds our planet and allows us to live and thrive. Excerpted from The Weather by John Lynch All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Weatherworld
What is the weather, and what drives it? A powerful force of creation and destruction, the weather affects all life on Earth in intimate and chaotic ways.
seeds of weather
wind, wet, hot and cold
weather machine
Types of Cloud
exploring the sky
spin of the earth
Coriolis Effect- red sky at night
satellites in space
the big picture
Chapter 2 Wind
Without wind the Earth would be a cauldron of extremes. The wind ceaselessly travels the globe, bringing warmth and cold in equal measure. But it also brings devastation with tornadoes and typhoons.
deadly calm
the doldrums
the cycle of the winds
Global Cells
birth of typhoon
us naval disaster story
Typhoon/Hurricane Science
jet streams
japanese bombs
ill wind
tornado alley
inside a tornado
Tornado Warning
north atlantic winds
solar winds
journey's end
Chapter 3 Wet
The Earth is a water planet; water surrounds us in the sea, but also in the sky. It is the fuel of our weather, and lies at the heart of storms, monsoons and floods.
wet but beautiful
water world
Water Power
the southern oscillation
the christ child
the great ocean journey
flood in the gulf
water not wind
the gulf stream
warm weather
the wild atlantic
father of meteorology
Storms Over Norway
atlantic surge
wettest place in europe
Chapter 4 Cold
Cold is one of the deadliest enemies of humankind. Behind the delicate beauty of snowflakes lie the dangers of frost, snow, blizzards, smog and avalanches.
a cold planet
Summer and Winter
greenland ice
adapting to ice
the source
weather war
survival and wonder on ice
seeds of snow
Snowflake Stars
the lost squadron
polar surge
the world's worst weather station
superstorm of '93, new york
Cold Health
Chapter 5 Hot
The heat from the sun is the energy that generates our weather. Its power can surprise and terrify us -- creating hurricanes, sandstorms, thunder and lightning.
design for the desert
why deserts exist
rivers in the sky
a desert world
The Hidden Past, Sahara
killer desert
desert survival
making a desert
Secrets of the Dunes
desert storms
thunder and lightning
Lightning Strikes
fossil lightning
summertime hell
heat island
cautionary tale
Chapter 6 Change
For centuries we have tried to control the weather, but now it is really changing; the climate is getting warmer and the weather is getting wilder. So what does the future hold?
meddling with nature
taming the weather
military weather
weather politics
Hail Suppression
thinking big
stopping the conveyor
a cooler, warmer world
Ice Cores
The Little Ice Age
the story of global warming
Global Warming
future weather