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Windswept : the story of wind and weather

Author: Marq De Villiers
Publisher: New York : Walker : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
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Although sometimes destructive, wind is one of the elements that make life possible. Wind warms the higher latitudes and moderates the equatorial regions, and carries evaporated moisture from the oceans to the land. Even hurricanes are an essential part of the planet's self-regulatory system. This book is the story of humankind's long struggle to understand wind and weather, from the wind gods of ancient times to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marq De Villiers
ISBN: 0802714692 9780802714695 0802715192 9780802715197
OCLC Number: 61247282
Description: viii, 344 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Its mystery and meaning --
Wind's great theatre --
The struggle to understand --
Wind's intricate patterns --
The art of prediction --
The most furious gale --
An ill wind --
The technology of wind. Wind's mystery and meaning --
Wind's great theater --
The search for understanding --
Wind's intricate patterns --
The art of prediction --
The most furious gale --
An ill wind --
The technology of wind. The technology of wind --
The composition of the modern atmosphere --
The Beaufort scale --
The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale --
Hurricane strikes in the U.S. --
Canadian tropical cyclone statistics --
World's worst tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons, by year, with casualties) --
Wind speed variation within the hurricane eyewall, by elevation --
Worst winter storms on record --
The Fujita tornado scale --
Worst tornadoes in the twentieth century by year --
Wind force table --
Canadian wind chill index.
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Although sometimes destructive, wind is one of the elements that make life possible. Wind warms the higher latitudes and moderates the equatorial regions, and carries evaporated moisture from the oceans to the land. Even hurricanes are an essential part of the planet's self-regulatory system. This book is the story of humankind's long struggle to understand wind and weather, from the wind gods of ancient times to early discoveries of the dynamics of air movement to high-tech schemes to control hurricanes. Author de Villiers explains the science of wind and presents personal stories of people's encounters with gales and storms, including his own. Although we have made great strides in understanding how wind affects weather, there is much left to learn about how global warming and pollution may impact wind. The stakes are high because, clearly, anything that affects the winds eventually affects human life.--From publisher description.

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