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Divine Wind

The History And Science Of Hurricanes

By Kerry A. Emanuel, 1955-

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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Book

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  • 551.552 Ema, Nonfiction

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2005

ISBN

0195149416


Format: Book
Author: Emanuel, Kerry A., 1955-
Summary: Presents an overview of hurricanes, with descriptions of how they are formed, how they move, and how they interact with climate, along with a history of some of the most destructive hurricanes of the past.
Title: Divine wind : the history and science of hurricanes / Kerry Emanuel.
Publisher Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Subject: Hurricanes -- History.
Isbn: 0195149416
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Call Number: 551.552 Ema
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Bib Id: 239189

Format: Book
Author: Emanuel, Kerry A., 1955-
Summary: Presents an overview of hurricanes, with descriptions of how they are formed, how they move, and how they interact with climate, along with a history of some of the most destructive hurricanes of the past.
Title: Divine wind : the history and science of hurricanes / Kerry Emanuel.
Publisher, Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Description: x, 285 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Subjects: Hurricanes -- History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-274) and index.
Contents: Kamikaze -- Anatomy of a meteorological monster -- Huracan -- The tropical hothouse -- Columbus's hurricane -- The tropical downpour -- France gives up La Floride, 1565 -- The trade winds -- The tempest -- Nature's steam engine -- The hurricanes of 1780 -- Hurricane intensity -- Galveston, 1900 -- Genesis -- Miami, 1926 -- Death and transfiguration -- Their eyes were watching God : San Felipe and the Okeechobee disaster of 1928 -- Taking aim : how hurricanes move -- The Labor Day hurricane of 1935 -- Thestorm surge -- The great New England hurricane of 1938 -- Waves -- Bull Halsey's typhoons -- Rain -- The hunters -- Hurricane Camille -- Into the maelstrom : a photo essay -- The great East Pakistan cyclone of November, 1970 -- Forecasting hurricanes -- Cyclone Tracy, 1974 -- Hurricane Andrew, 1992 -- Hurricanes and climate.
LCCN: 2004013078
ISBN: 0195149416
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Call Number: 551.552 Ema