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Florida's Hurricane History Hardcover – October 14, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807824437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807824436
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,771,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Florida's 1300-mile coastline is both a blessing and a curse; each summer it brings pleasure to millions of beach visitors but trepidation to insurance companies and disaster-preparedness officers. This fascinating and disturbing account of punishing encounters with hurricanes?which hit Florida more frequently than any other state?covers four and a half centuries of Florida history. Barnes (North Carolina's Hurricane History, Univ. of North Carolina, 1995) begins by explaining the meteorology of hurricanes, the development of tracking and forecasting, and the tradition of naming individual storms. The bulk of his narrative, however, details the history and impact of more than 100 major storms. Heavily illustrated, the book bears graphic witness to the havoc wreaked by winds topping 200 miles per hour and storm surges reaching 20 feet above sea level. John M. Williams and Iver W. Duedall's Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Storms (Univ. of Florida, 1997) is similar but considerably less detailed, while Roger A. Pielke Sr.'s Hurricanes: Their Natures and Impacts on Society (Wiley, 1997) is directed toward specialists. Essential for meteorology collections and all Florida libraries; recommended for scholars and general readers nationwide.?Kathleen Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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If you only buy one book on Florida hurricane history, this should be the one.

Weather Watchers Online

[I]t helps to counter the ideology of hurricane denial rooted in the real estate boom.

Journal of Southern History

A compelling look back into the state•s relationship with the tropical cyclone.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Essential for meteorology collections and all Florida libraries; recommended for scholars and general readers nationwide.

Library Journal

Required reading for everyone in Florida.

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Jay Barnes, a lifelong resident of the North Carolina coast, is a regular contributor to a variety of popular regional magazines and is author of several books on hurricanes, including North Carolina's Hurricane History (third edition), Florida's Hurricane History (second edition), and Faces From the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered, co-authored with former State Treasurer Richard Moore (all from UNC Press). His latest work is Hurricane Hazel in the Carolinas (Arcadia Publishing). As a hurricane historian, he lectures widely on U.S. hurricanes, and has appeared in various productions for The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, and others. Barnes lives in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.

He is Director of Development for the North Carolina Aquarium Society. He has worked with the NC Aquariums since 1980, and was Director of the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for more than twenty years. He is a graduate of N.C. State University's College of Design, and holds a master's degree in advertising from Syracuse University.

Jay Barnes can be scheduled for lectures and presentations on hurricane history. His presentations can be customized to focus on particular regions, hurricanes or hurricane-related topics. For inquiries, contact jtbarnes@ec.rr.com.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Great photos, and all the detail you could ever want on Florida hurricanes. The survival stories are frightening! All the weather data is there. It's a great resource for us hurricane junkies!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Buddy and Ellen on June 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
What a great book. We've enjoyed the stories of the memorable storms like Donna, Andrew, and Opal and the effect theyve had on generations of Florida residents. The 1926 Miami and 1928 Okeechobee are well covered. Also very interesting reading on those storms we've never heard of. The photographs are stunning-and frightening. Its organized well, and the reading is not too technical. It stays on our coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Severin Olson on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in the hurricane history of any special state or region, this is probably the finest work of its kind written to date. Following a superb introduction to our subject, the author describes every significant or noteworthy storm to hit Florida since the 1700's. Each entry includes a map showing the storm's track through the state. We learn of the unique impact each had on the sunshine state. Some hurricanes, of course, like Agnes, had major impacts outside of Florida, and Barnes writes of these as well. Looking through these pages also shows us the cyclical nature of storms. In some years disaster hit several times, while other periods (like the 70's), saw little activity of any kind.

I found this edition to be much better than the author's NC one, if for no other reason than Florida's more active history! While some hurricanes listed in the other book may be of interest mostly to locals, the ones here, like the Labor Day and Miami storm, are truly important historically. I would hope Barnes is writing on the hurricane history of other states as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Deen Kanely on December 21, 2012
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A very nice addition to my collection. One of my absolute favorite purchases. Would gladly suggest this to a friend.
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