Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book (Revised and Updated) Revised and Updated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393330151
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"...this book virtually blows a gale in your face when you open it." Christopher Hirst, The Independent "Reach for Extreme Weather by Christopher Burt and you become mesmerised by the scale of hurricanes. League tables of the greatest, largest, fastest, deadliest and costliest storms across the US and the world all point to one conclusion-Katrina was no one-off event." The Times"

About the Author

Christopher C. Burt was co-founder and publisher of the acclaimed Compass American Guides series. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised and Updated edition (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039333015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393330151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chrstopher C. Burt is the author of "Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book" and the weather historian for wunderground.com. He blogs weekly for this web site: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/#met

Chris worked with Khalid El Fadli, the director of the Libyan National Meteorological Center (LNMC) and the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to overturn the long-held (for 90 years) planetary heat record which was announced in September 2012. Chris is featured in a documentary about this investigation titled 'Dead Heat: Overturning the World Heat Record.'

Chris studied meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He currently resides in Oakland, California.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jesse F. Ferrell on July 9, 2007
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This book (like the last edition) is a sight for sore eyes and should be a staple item for weather enthusiasts and meteorologists; Chris' painstaking research presents us all with an up-to-date book of extremes (including maps) which challenge the out-of-date governmental and Internet resources that have attempted, in the past, to document record weather worldwide. Chris has published additional charts, tables and maps that you just can't find anywhere else in this latest edition. I really am not a big paper book fan becuase there is a lot of inaccurate stuff out there by amateur authors but this one is on my shelf at both work and home, and I frequently refer to it when meteorological extremes are challenged worldwide.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on August 13, 2009
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I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought this book. I teach meteorology at a couple of universities, and I'm always wanting to update my knowledge in this area. This is basically a 'record' book...it takes the extremes of weathers around the world. The coldest spot, the windiest place, etc. The book has more lists of the 'ten most...' places. Though I found it interesting, it really wasn't the type of book that I can use in my classroom to explain 'why', which is usually what I want in weather books. I also like historical references and books on weather happenings historically, and this didn't fit the bill for me.

My favorite parts of the book were the pictures which were glorious and the historical records. I also like the older photos and the information that went with them. I would have liked to see more of those in the book.

For people who like books like The Guiness Records, and things like that, this book is right up your alley.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2007
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Is the climate really changing radically? To answer this a record of past weather extremes and norms needs to be reviewed, and there's no better place to do this than with Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book. Here are U.S. weather trends going back to the 19th century in a revised, updated guide which includes historical examples of strange weather. Divided into chapters by type of weather - strange snowstorms, thunderstorms and hail, etc. - each chapter pairs color photos and illustrations with maps, lively overviews, and more. An excellent choice not just for science libraries, but for any general interest lending library.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Furst on August 31, 2007
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For some reason not everyone finds facts and narratives on outlandish weather interesting. If you do, however, this book is the pinnacle. Burt could have made it 8 times longer and I would have never gotten bored. Full of fantastical information about places you'll never go and weather you'll never see - I eat that stuff up. If you are at all interested in anything weather related, you'll be hooked on this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harry Eagar VINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
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"Extreme Weather" is a chatty and amusing compilation of the hottest, coldest, wettest, driest, stormiest, foggiest places in the United States, with references to the rest of the world.

But it turns out that the United States has more extreme weather than any other country. Author Christopher Burt says it is because America is big enough to encompass both cold northern air and warm southern air, without the east-west mountains that Eurasia has to keep them apart. Most American extreme weather champions are west of the Mississippi, with another concentration around the Gulf of Mexico.

Burt has the character to write about weather without reference to climate alarmism, a rare feat these days. He states, correctly, that even if the globe were warming, we would still get new records every year at both ends: cold and hot, warm and dry.

Although he takes pains to isolate his weather enthusiasm from climate change controversy, that doesn't mean the reader cannot draw his own conclusions. Most amusing is the list of F5 tornadoes.

We have been promised, repeatedly, that emitting carbon dioxide will result in more and more violent storms. The worst tornadoes, called F5 (more recently EF5) occur only in the United States, thanks to our curious topography. Burt has a list by decades.

From 1900-1909, there were 4. In the following decades, the totals were 5, 6, 5, 6, 13, 15, 13. Well, well, well, this is looking quite promising for the Chicken Littles, nearly three times as many in the second half the 20th century as in the first half.

Oops! Only 3 in the decade of the '80s. Then 10 in the '90s. But, oops again, we have concluded the Oughties with only 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PM on May 5, 2011
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I wanted this book for one reason: the picture of ball lightning. I'm not into the whole climate-change, global warming issue, debate, what have you, but the book is packed with interesting facts.
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