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• Highlights how poverty and poor civil defense can significantly increase hurricane mortalities, as in the tragedy of Hurricane Mitch of 1998, which killed 10,000 people in Honduras

• Provides fresh perspectives based on the latest developments in hurricane science, formation, forecasting, and coastal defense

• Pulls together facts and data from widely scattered literature and synthesizes essential hurricane information into one resource



• A unique three-part chronology of the science of hurricanes, from the time of Sir Isaac Newton to the latest discoveries in quantitative climatology

• A thorough description of the key government agencies and other bodies concerned with the preparation for, study, and forecasting of hurricanes



"Written in a readable style, with occasional technical overtones, the book follows the series' format, with chapters on problems and solutions, a global perspective, a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and data, and lists of organizations and print and nonprint resources."

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Twenty-six people dead, $26.5 billion worth of damage, and eight insurance companies left bankrupt—such was the impact of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the most costly storm in U.S. history. How can coastal residents best prepare for the threat posed by such awesome phenomena? What is the likely impact of global climate change on the frequency and fury of hurricane activity?

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary World Issues
  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO; 2 edition (November 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540649867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851096473
  • ASIN: 1851096477
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,145,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. R. Lewis on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It was a pleasure to read this book on hurricanes by Fitzpatrick. It provides a compendium of facts and figures about this terrifying natural phenomenon which has killed many and destroyed property everywhere it strikes. Much has been learned in recent years with satellite coverage and instrumental direct measurements of temperatures and pressure developed with hurricanes, their birth in the tropical seas and growth before final decay. A hurricane is a kind of gigantic heat engine where water evaporation creates an intense system of upper condensation followed by heat generation, which further stimulates the effect. Their much smaller siblings are tornadoes and thunderstorms, themselves awesome, but of a different scale. The author supplies a lengthy chronology, although several key dates are omitted. The atlantic hurricane which struck Britain in October 1859 was so severe in the number of wrecks it caused, that it was named The Royal Charter Storm, after the ship which foundered off Anglesey in Liverpool Bay. It led directly to the formation of the Met Office, the first organisation devoted to study of the weather by systematic collection of data such as temperature and pressure. But it was not until the Tay bridge disaster of December 1879, that instruments for measuring wind speeds were developed. The Tay bridge collapsed in a severe storm (not a hurricane) taking with it a passenger train. Nobody survived, and many bodies were never recovered since they were swept away by the tidal waters of the river Tay. Despite the doomsday scenarios predicted by various IPCC reports, the author wisely warns against jumping to hasty conclusions about hurricane intensity and frequency that they may predict.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Koger on August 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Terrific reference and pratical guide to all things hurricane. This book will statisfy both severe weather nuts and those seeking pratical advice on how to prepare for and deal with the aftermath of a storm. Packed with facinating data and practical advice. Fitzpatrick knows his stuff!
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The second edition of HURRICANES joins others in the 'Contemporary World Issues' series to offer a chronology of history, events, legislation and science relating to hurricanes and disaster management. From a worldwide survey of where hurricanes do and do not occur to biographical sketches of notable weather enthusiasts from scientists and researchers to discussions of naming conventions and a world-wide timeline of hurricane events, this is one of the most authoritative references available. Very highly recommended for collections ranging from college holdings to general-interest public libraries.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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