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Extreme Weather: Understanding the Science of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Heat Waves, Snow Storms, Global Warming and Other Atmospheric Disturbances Hardcover – November 13, 2007

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H. Michael Mogil is a certified consulting meteorologist who has been practicing meteorology and educating students for more than 35 years. He served as consultant to the Discovery Channel's Weather Field Guide and has conducted dozens of teacher training workshops and graduate courses in meteorology. He is the author of Tornadoes. He lives in Florida.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579127436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579127435
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Novy on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading a new book by H. Michael Mogil titled "Extreme Weather". Unlike many weather books which focus on a dynamic approach (highs, lows, jet streams) to explain weather this book looks at extreme weather by event type and discusses the processes and history behind them. By "extreme" I'm talking about tornadoes, ice storms, flooding, lightning, droughts and so on. The book includes stunning photographs and clear illustrations. Some of the events mentioned are as recent as this year --which for me made the book even more relevant and fun to read.
What I really found interesting about the book is the way Mogil looks at weather extremes within the context of today's global warming discussion --something in the news every day and now even more controversial due to Al Gore's announced Nobel Prize. He doesn't outright deny the existence of global warming and our impact on the environment but rather he illustrates how factors such as long-term climate changes (our coming out of a mini ice age), relatively short weather record-keeping history, the media's preoccupation with hype and sensationalism, and people's selective memory of significant events all conspire to influence our perception. This can lead some people to believe we are in an immediate "crisis". Mogil shows how the media likes to say things like "this is the heaviest snowfall in 10 years" --something which certainly sounds extreme in the short-term but in terms of long-term weather it's probably a relatively common event. He also shows how factors such as the media's incorrect use of the term "normal" (as opposed to the more correct term "average") make extremes (which are in fact a natural range of conditions) seem even more extreme and unusual.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Weather guy on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mogil's graphics and photos are very good, as are his explanations of atmospheric phenomena. My main gripe with this book is his quite obvious bias that the concern over the human impact on climate change is overdone. He acknowledges his skepticism about the human impact on climate and then seeks to present a presumably objective analysis of weather extremes. However, in several chapters, he uses quotes from his own writing or comments to support chapter themes. In the space of 4 paragraphs [p. 83 and 84] on the relative incidence of hurricanes, he uses the phrase "flies in the face of" claims of increased hurricane danger. His satisfaction in finding a counter argument is quite obvious. This is not good objective scientific writing. Rather than objectively evaluate the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]report or the IPCC analysis, Mogil uses counter arguments about the relative frequency extreme weather incidents to downplay the importance of human impact on climate. On page 33, Mogil writes "...people think climate change can be determined by recent extreme events." However, much of the book is devoted to just that--an analysis of extreme events, as is evident in the title.

For a far better analysis of climate change, I recommend Richard Somerville's "The Forgiving Air."[[ASIN:1878220853 The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, Second Edition]
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