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Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness Around the World

Barnes-Svarney, Patricia; Svarney, Thomas E

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ISBN 10: 0684850001 / ISBN 13: 9780684850009
Verlag: Touchstone
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Verlag: Touchstone



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The skies aren't friendly anymore!
Sweltering heat waves. Bone-chilling blizzards. Ferocious winds. Mighty peculiar weather we've been having, isn't it? Well, scientists predict that climate trends are only going to get stranger in the future. And in Skies of Fury, top science writers Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E. Svarney take you around the world, bringing you face-to-face with the eye of the storm, explaining the full range of weird weather affecting us. Discover the reasons behind:
* downdrafts, heat bursts, derechoes, and tornadoes
* monsoons, tropical storms, hurricanes, and rogue waves
* sandstorms, dust devils, wildfires, and polar ice deserts
* light pillars, diamond dust, and sun dogs
* mirages, UFOs, and green flashes
* torrential rainfall, ball lightning, and super showstorms
* flash flooding, hall, sea smoke, and smog

And much, much more!
Fully illustrated with photographs from key weather trackers, and packed with unusual factoids and records, Skies of Fury reveals the extremes to which Mother Nature can go in both her unparalleled beauty and her wanton destructiveness.


Ever used a cricket as a thermometer? It's pretty easy, really: when it's 60 degrees F, crickets apparently chirp 72 times a minute. For every 4 chirps over that, add a degree; for every four under, subtract a degree. That's just one of the many bizarre facts that veteran science writer Patricia Barnes-Svarney and her naturalist husband Thomas Svarney managed to uncover, verify ("relatively speaking," in the case of the crickets), and report in their sweeping survey of the "power and weirdness" of weather. With more or less equal coverage of basic meteorological principles and the more showy, sensational side of weather, Skies of Fury serves as an entertaining and approachable primer on the subject for everybody from aspiring young scientists to Weather Channel-watching armchair meteorologists.

Beginning with a straightforward discussion of earth's "weather engine"--the influence of the sun, the patterns of convection cells, the interaction of winds, the importance of the water cycle--Skies of Fury proceeds to dissect and catalog every major meteorological phenomenon, from the different types of clouds and lightning strikes to F5 tornadoes and billion-dollar hurricanes. The authors pack a lot of facts into this relatively breezy (sorry) and readable book, leaving you well-armed to go out and scout the skies yourself. (And you'll even know precisely what those big red Hs and blue Ls mean on the Weather Channel.) --Paul Hughes

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