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Author De Villiers, Marq.

Title Windswept : the story of wind and weather / Marq de Villiers.

Published New York : Walker : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  551.518 DEVI {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 344 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [333]-334) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Wind's mystery and meaning -- Ch. 2. Wind's great thunder -- Ch. 3. The search for understanding -- Ch. 4. Wind's intricate patterns -- Ch. 5. The art of prediction -- Ch. 6. The most famous gale -- Ch. 7. An ill wind -- Ch. 8. The technology of wind -- App. 1. The composition of the modern atmosphere -- App. 2. The Beaufort scale -- App. 3. The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale -- App. 4. Hurricane strikes in the U.S. -- App. 5. Canadian tropical cyclone statistics -- App. 6. World's worst tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons, by year, with casualties) -- App. 7. Wind speed variation within the hurricane eyewall, by elevation -- App. 8. Worst winter storms on record -- App. 9. The Fujita tornado scale -- App. 10. Worst tornadoes in the twentieth century by year -- App. 11. Wind force table -- App. 12. Canadian wind chill index.
Summary "Windswept 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. Marq de Villiers is equally adept at explaining the science of wind as he is at presenting dramatic personal stories of encounters with gales and storms. Running through his narrative is the dramatic story of Hurricane Ivan, the only storm on record to three times reach Category 5 status (sustaining winds greater than 155 miles per hour) in its path of death and destruction from the Sahara to North America, where it traveled from Texas to Newfoundland." "We have made great strides in understanding how wind affects weather, but much is left to learn about how global warming and pollution may impact the winds themselves. The stakes are high because, as Hurricane Katrina so vividly reminded us, anything that affects the winds eventually affects human life."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Winds.
ISBN 0802714692